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Croup


Croup:  Croup is a cough that sounds like a seal barking. Most children have what appears to be a mild cold for several days before the barking cough becomes evident. As the cough gets more frequent, the child may have difficulty breathing.

Croup is typically much worse at night. It often lasts 5 or 6 nights but the first night or two are usually the most severe. Croup can also last for weeks. Croup is spread in a similar way to the common cold, so it is difficult to prevent. Good hygiene is the main defence against croup, such as regularly washing hands and cleaning surfaces.

Croup that lasts longer than a week or recurs frequently should be discussed with your doctor to determine the cause.


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 


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