Health Tip: Treating Croup
Mild cases can be kept at home
(HealthDayNews) -- Croup, an infection that causes the trachea and larynx to swell, usually occurs in children between ages one and three. The condition often occurs during a cold.
Symptoms, which are often worse at night, include fever, hoarseness and a barking cough. Most kids with mild croup can be treated at home, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Here's what to do:
- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest.
- Increase the amount of liquids your child drinks.
- Avoid using cough medicines.
- Acetaminophen may help relieve a fever and chest discomfort.
Call your doctor if:
- Your child's lips and skin are bluish or turn dark.
- His breathing becomes more difficult.
- He's cranky or constantly uncomfortable.
- He starts drooling or has trouble swallowing.