- November 8, 2016
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Croup is a viral condition characterized with difficulties in breathing and severe cough and often resulting in the inflammation vocal cords region. Children below the age of 5 are mostly susceptible to this condition.
The common causes are:
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
Allergic reaction and irritants
Bacterial infections, but it very uncommon
Runny nose and sneezing
Seeking Medical Attention
High fever above 103.5 degrees
Inability to swallow food and drink properly
Appearance of blue or gray skin color around the nose, mouth and fingernails
There is need to physically examined the child to aid the diagnosis of the condition. Here, the medical doctor will listen to the cough, examine the breathing process. The most important and effective way to diagnose this condition is by ordering for a throat X-ray and throat examination to effective isolate other respiratory conditions.
Applying cool mist humidifiers to ease breathe when they sleep
Using pain relieve medications to reduce discomfort in the throat, chest or head.
Cough medicines should be used strictly based on prescription by a medical doctor.
The child may be placed on intravenous fluid to prevent dehydration.
Antibiotics may be used to treat bacterial infections.
Hospitalization may be required in case of chronic condition where the child may be given steroid medications to clear the airways to create room for ease breathe, breathing tube may be used to provide enough oxygen for the child.
Regular washing of hands with soap and water
Ensure that the child keeps off his/her hands and objects out of the mouth Avoid being too close to infected person
Receive appropriate vaccines particularly measles vaccine