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Croup prevention

There’s no way to prevent children from getting croup.

However, there are a few things you can do to try to limit the spread of infection:

  • wash your hands regularly
  • always cough and sneeze into a tissue, before throwing it away immediately
  • clean surfaces regularly to keep them free of germs
  • avoid sharing unwashed cups, plates, cutlery and other kitchen utensils.

Last reviewed: July 2017

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Croup

Croup is a viral infection of the throat and windpipe that causes noisy breathing, a hoarse voice and a harsh, barking cough.

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Croup: symptoms and treatments - myDr.com.au

Croup is an infectious condition that causes inflammation and swelling of the voice box (larynx), windpipe and the airways, resulting in breathing difficulties and a barking cough.

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Croup in children symptoms and treatment | Raising Children Network

If your child has a barking cough, hoarse voice and stridor (noisy breathing), she might have croup. Most children with croup don’t need special treatment.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Croup

Croup is caused usually by a virus infection. Ayoung child (usually under 5 years) becomes mildly unwell with what seems to be a normal 'cold'. The virus infection then causes the lining of the airway (windpipe) in the child's neck to swell, causing the airway to get narrower andmaking it harder to breathe.

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Staying Healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services (5th Edition) | National Health and Medical Research Council

taying Healthy provides educators and other staff working in education and care services with simple and effective methods for minimising the spread of disease. It contains more ‘how to’ advice on procedures and discussing exclusion periods with parents.

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Epiglottitis in babies, children & teens | Raising Children Network

Epiglottitis is a serious condition that affects childrens windpipes. If your well child suddenly develops breathing problems, get emergency medical help.

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Passive smoking | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Colds

A cold is caused by a virus that affects the nose and throat. It is the most common infectious illness, especially for young children.

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Common Cold

The “common cold” is a viral infection. In more than two thirds of people, the germ responsible is a small virus called rhinovirus.

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