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Can croup be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Because most cases of croup are caused by the same kind of contagious virus that causes the common cold, one of the best ways to prevent croup is to make sure that children wash their hands frequently. Parents should also try to avoid contact with others who have respiratory infections or croup. Having children vaccinated against diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae (Hib), and measles can also help prevent croup, as these illnesses can lead to severe cases of croup.

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