What do I need to know about caring for someone with croup?

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In most cases, croup lasts less than a week and is mild enough to be treated at home. Be aware that symptoms are usually worse and night, and most severe for the first day or two. If your child's doctor recommends home treatment, make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks a lot of fluids. Having your child inhale steam, such as from a vaporizer, can help. Having your child inhale cold air might also help. For example, if the evening air is cool, try dressing your child warmly and going outside for a few minutes. Giving your child over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, can help your child feel more comfortable. It is important to keep an eye on the symptoms and contact your child's doctor right away if they get worse. If the doctor prescribes any medications, such as oral corticosteroids, may sure to use only as directed.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

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