What Can Croup Lead To?

Why does my son get croup so much?

Younger children are more affected by croup because their airways are smaller.

A small amount of swelling can make it very hard for a baby or young child to breathe.

Croup is most often seen in children 3 months to 5 years old.

The peak time for croup to occur is 2 years old..

Can croup turn into something else?

Croup doesn’t usually last for longer than a few days. However, occasionally children who have severe croup can develop an ear infection or pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs). If the infection is very severe, it may lead to your child not being able to breathe because the airway is too swollen.

Can croup be life threatening?

Moderate to severe croup — Moderate to severe croup should be evaluated in an emergency department or clinic capable of handling urgent respiratory illnesses. Severe croup is a life-threatening illness and treatment should not be delayed for any reason.

How long is someone with croup contagious?

A person with croup is usually contagious for about three days after symptoms start or until their fever disappears.

What is the best thing to do for croup?

One of the best things to do when you’re at home is get the shower all steamed up and get your child in the bathroom, because warm, moist air seems to work best to relax the vocal cords and break the stridor. A humidifier, not a hot vaporizer, but a cool mist humidifier also will help with getting the swelling down.

When should you go to the ER for croup?

Call 911 or go to the emergency room if your child’s lips or face turns bluish, if he is working hard to breathe, cannot speak or drink, or is drooling.

Can adults get croup from taking care of a child?

Croup is a contagious condition that tends to only affect children. Most cases are caused by a virus. While a child can pass the virus to an adult, the virus usually doesn’t affect adults the same way that it does children. This is because adult airways are larger and are less susceptible to airway issues.

What happens if you leave croup untreated?

Croup can be mild in nature and may even resolve without medical attention; however, if left untreated, severe cases can eventually lead to respiratory failure. With proper treatment, even the most severe cases of croup rarely result in hospitalization.

Does croup have long term effects?

Croup affects about 3% of children a year, usually between the ages of 6 months and 3 years, and 75% of infections are caused by parainfluenza virus. Symptoms usually resolve within 48 hours, but severe infection can, rarely, lead to pneumonia, and to respiratory failure and arrest.

How long does croup last for?

Most cases of croup clear up within 48 hours. However, in some cases symptoms can last for up to two weeks.

Should I be worried about croup?

Croup is usually mild and treatable at home. However, it’s an illness that can quickly become serious. Severe croup can cause breathing difficulties in general but if your child’s skin “caves in” around their neck or ribs when they try to inhale, you should seek urgent medical treatment.

Why does my son keep getting croup?

It is most commonly caused by an infection. Children are most likely to get croup between 3 months and 5 years of age. As they get older, it is not as common because the windpipe is larger and swelling is less likely to get in the way of breathing.