Stay calm to help your child with croup

In the Leinster Express’ medical column, Dr Ashfaq Ahmad of the Kilminchy Medical Centre dispenses invaluable advice on a host of conditions and ailments.

Dr Ashfaq Ahmad


Dr Ashfaq Ahmad

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Dr Ashfaq Ahmad, who will be dispensing medical advice in the Leinster Express' new column.

Croup is a virus in the windpipe that is common in children. Antibiotics, like amoxicillin and penicillin, will not help. 

Please follow these instructions carefully:

  • Stay calm to keep your child calm. Anxiety or crying may worsen breathing.
  • Use a humidifier/vaporizer near the child, especially at night.
  • Encourage your child to drink plenty of liquids.
  • Use calpol for fever.
  • Sleep with head elevated on several pillows.
  • If cool mist vaporizer doesn’t help, try steam. This can be done by turning on the shower with the bathroom door closed. Let the child sit in the steamy bathroom.
  • Inhaling cold air from an open window may also help breathing.

Return to your own doctor right away if any of the following occur:

  • Breathing is getting worse or getting faster.
  • Your child is getting restless or uncomfortable and will not calm down.
  • Your child drools and cannot or will not swallow.
  • The child’s lips, fingers or toes turn blue or gray.
  • Your child’s stomach and chest sink in when he or she breathes.

Anything else that worries you contact your doctor within 24 hours.