What increases my child's risk for croup?

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Though it can occur at any age, children are most susceptible to croup before they are six years old. Because it is usually caused by a virus, coming into contact with other children who are infected puts your child at risk. Frequent hand-washing can help reduce this risk. Premature birth may increase the risk of croup, due to the child's smaller airway. Children who have not been vaccinated against diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae (Hib), and measles are at increased risk of croup as well.

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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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