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What is croup? What causes croup?

Croup is an infectious pediatric illness of the respiratory system that involves predominantly the vocal cords (larynx) and windpipe (trachea), and to a lesser degree the upper airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes). The majority of a child's symptoms reflect involvement of the larynx. Croup is usually a viral infection and may be caused by many different viruses, including those responsible for the common cold and influenza. Rarely, it is caused by a bacterial infection. Croup is more common and concerning in children between 6 months and 3 years of age and rarely occurs in children over 6 years of age. It is more commonly seen from late fall through the early winter months. It has a slightly higher frequency in boys than in girls. Bacterial croup is an infection of the same structures that are affected during a viral process. Treatment varies depending on whether the child's illness is caused by a virus or a bacteria.

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Comment from: jude, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

When I was a child I suffered from croup so badly I had the room next to my parents, so I could bang on the wall when I had an attack during the night and they could hear me. I suffered from when I was at an early age and it stopped when I was about 6 or 7. My grandmother used to treat me with a remedy that always worked. It consisted of a mixture of 1 part methylated spirits, 2 parts vinegar, and 3 parts water. She would soak a bandage in this mixture, wring it out, then would proceed to wrap it around my throat, pin it with a safety pin, and then wrap a dry bandage over the top and pin it. As we lived in the country and I am talking about the 50s this remedy I am sure saved my life many times during my child hood before there were ambulances down the road. She always did it at night before bed time.

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Comment from: jbabygrl27, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 01

My son is 6 years old we went to the medical express in my local town. They put my son on prednisone for 2 days and saline breathing treatments. It is going on day six and he looks like he is so tired he will sleep for 20 minutes to wake up coughing so bad he is throwing up. I don't know what else to do since we have been to the hospital to and they didn't do anything.

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