Self-Care at Home
- Although mist or humidified air and exposure to cold air have not been
proven effective in treating the symptoms associated with croup, they are still
routinely recommended by physicians since they are generally not invasive and
have been described anecdotally as helping some children with moderate symptoms.
- Consider substituting water or juice for milk products. Frequent sips of clear
liquids can loosen mucus and prevent dehydration, which often occurs with croup.
- Crying can trigger spasmodic coughing. Attempt to comfort your child to
- Acetaminophen (Children's Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil,
Motrin) may be given for fever or sore throat. Aspirin-containing medications
should never be given to children unless prescribed by a physician due to the
risk of a serious liver condition called Reye's syndrome.
- Over-the-counter cough
medications are not routinely recommended. Avoid exposure to respiratory
irritants such as smoke.
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