Are there alternative treatments for croup?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In most cases, croup is mild enough to be treated at home. If your child's doctor recommends home treatment, give your child plenty of rest and fluids. Steam, such as from a vaporizer, can ease the symptoms of croup during the recovery period, which usually lasts less than a week. Inhaling cold air, such as the air outside at night, has also been known to help. You can give your child acetaminophen to ease his or her discomfort and fever. Such alternative treatments may not be sufficient if your child's croup is severe, however.

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