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Croup

 

Allergic Reactions
Anaphylactic Shock
Animal Bites
Asthma
Bandages Slings
Bleeding
Burns and Scalds
Cardiac Arrest
Choking
Croup
Diabetic Coma
Drowning
Epilepsy
Facial Fracture
Fainting
Febrile Convulsions
Fracture around the Elbow
Fracture of the Hip and Leg
Fracture of the Lower Jaw
Fracture of the Skull
Fracture of the Spine
Fracture of the Upper Arm
Fracture of the Upper Limb
Fracture
Heart Attack
Heat Exhaustion
Heatstroke
Hyperglycaemia
Hyperventilation
Hypoglycaemia
Hypothermia
Insect Stings
Nosebleeds
Open Fracture
Poisoning
Shock
Snake Bites
Unconsciousness

Croup is a breathing disorder of very young children caused by inflammation of the trachea (windpipe) and larynx. lt is characterized by a barking cough, perhaps accompanied by a wheezing or whistling sound, known as stride or, and in severe cases the child may appear blue. It frequently occurs at night and can be very alarming, but an attack almost always resolves itself without further problems. Recovery can be quickened by:

1. Taking the child into a steam-filled room, such as a bathroom with the hot tap running in the bath.

2. Supporting the child in a sitting position and reassuring the child.

3. Keeping' the atmosphere in the child's bedroom humid, It is advisable to call your doctor as the condition can recur after the initial attack has subsided.

If the child is sitting bolt upright or has a high temperature, this may indicate a more serious condition, known as epiglottitis, which requires immediate medical attention