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Croup (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call your doctor if the following conditions develop:

  • Your child has a high fever.
  • The child is breathing faster than normal or has noisy breathing.
  • The child has signs of dehydration, including increased sleepiness, dry mouth, or decreased urination.
  • The child starts having loud, high-pitched wheezing while breathing.
  • The child begins to struggle to breathe or speaks in short sentences because of lack of breath.
  • The child has difficulty swallowing or is drooling excessively.
  • The child is having signs of restlessness or sluggishness either from respiratory distress or dehydration.
  • The child has signs of respiratory distress, including retractions of skin around the ribs from deep breathing, nostril flaring, or rapid breathing; these symptoms suggest a medical emergency.

Cyanosis, which is a bluish color to the skin, lips, or nail bed, indicates severe lack of oxygen in the body and should be considered an emergency, and 911 should be called.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/20/2014

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