As a self-proclaimed worry wart, I have a special place in my heart for the anxious child. These days the world can be scary and difficult to explain – i.e. lots to worry about! How can we help the child who seems to worry about anything and everything?
Croup is a common childhood illness that can be very frightening to a parent or child. It often starts with the symptoms of a mild cold, such as a runny nose, or sore throat. The child goes to bed as usual and then wakes suddenly in the middle of the night with a barking cough. Often they gasp in between the coughs and make a high-pitched noise called stridor when they breathe in.
Thankfully, croup is rarely dangerous. Most children can be treated at home. But it can be a scary illness for both the parent and the child.
It is important to know how to treat croup at home and when to seek help from your doctor or the emergency room....
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