Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: E. | 2012/09/17

Q.

Croup

Hi doc
At what age do children generally outgrow that horrible croupy cough? My son (soon turning 5) has suffered from croup since birth. Although the attacks are not as severe anymore &  he hardly gets sick, he still sounds like a barking seal everytime he gets a slight cough. Venteze seems to work quite well for him to prevent a tight chest, but last night his chest was quite tight. Would he benefit from a course of cortisone and would a nebuliser make any difference?
Thanks so much!
E.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Most children outgrow this condition known as 'spasmodic croup' by the age of 5 or 6 years. A short course of cortisone such as Aspelone Syrup or nebulising him with Pulmicort would really be of great beneifit when he gets these attacks of croup.

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