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How Is Croup Treated?

Here are some steps you can take to help your child with croup:

  • Do not allow anyone to smoke around your child or in your home.
  • Give your child all medicines as instructed by the doctor.
  • Use a cool mist vaporizer if your doctor recommends it. It will help to soothe dry and irritated airways.
  • Allow your child to rest as needed.
  • Call the doctor if your child's symptoms worsen or begin to return.

Cough medicines are usually not helpful in children with croup. 

When severe cases of croup require hospitalization, care may include breathing treatments with aerosols; a cool mist tent; rest; and medications given by mouth, intravenously (IV), or by injection.

Can I Prevent My Child From Getting Croup?

Croup can be spread by physical contact or through the air. To help prevent its spread, do the following:

  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly after caring for your child.
  • Try washing toys between each use.
  • Encourage your child to cover his or her mouth and nose during coughs and sneezes.
  • Keep your child home from school or day care when he or she is ill or if outbreaks occur.
  • Throw away used tissues.
  • Do not share food, cups, glasses, or eating utensils.

 

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Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on June 20, 2012
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