Croup is an infection caused by a virus that causes the trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box) to swell. It is usually part of a cold. Croup causes a fever, hoarseness and a barking, hacking cough. It also may cause a crowing noise (called stridor) when the child breathes in through the narrowed windpipe. Croup usually lasts 5 to 6 days. Symptoms may be worse at night. Croup symptoms most commonly occur in children 1 to 3 years old.
Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest and plenty to drink. When your child has a croupy cough, it is very important to increase the amount of liquids that your child drinks. Cough medicines are generally not recommended. If your physician recommends, you may give your child acetaminophen (brand names: Children’s Tylenol, Infants’ Tylenol) for his or her chest discomfort or discomfort due to fever. Doctors may also recommend: 1) turning on hot water to breathe in the steam. 2) Going outside to breathe cold moist air. 3) Standing with your child in front of the open freezer, to breathe in the cool air.
Like all viruses the best way to avoid croup is to wash hands regularly and stay away from others who have it.
Children with croup are considered contagious for three days after the illness begins or until the fever is gone if fever continues after 3 days.
According to our Illness Policy, if your child shows symptoms, he/she will need care at home away from other children until a doctor provides a return authorization. It is up to your child’s teachers and directors to decide if a child is ready to come back. Please call the school before returning to assure your child will not be turned away when you come to school.
If your child will be out for any reason, please call or email us by 10:00 a.m.
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