Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Tasja | 2009-08-10


Son,4 years old!

My son is not in a creche,and never really been sick except for a stomach bug twice and flu once with a runny nose.!But since beginning of this year,its now the 3 rd time that he has a throat infection.It makes him take like a geese and his vocal cords swell up and he cant breath,only thing that works is cortizone.And i dont like giving him cortizone so much.The Doc and chemist says its croup(sp?).Why is he suddenly getting it so much?Is it a virus that doesnt leave his body thats causing this?

Expert's Reply



No this is not a virus or indeed any infection causing your son's recurrent croup. This is s well known condition seen in young children under 5 years of age and is known as Spasmodic croup. This condition usually disappears completely by the age of 5 years and often before that age. The cause is unknown, but is not due to an infection. If your son's breathing becomes difficult with an episode of croup it is best to treat him with cortisone. The cortisone can be given via a nebuliser and can be used at a very low dose and is very effective.

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