When is urgent care or emergency department (ED) treatment of croup indicated?

Updated: Oct 09, 2019
  • Author: Germaine L Defendi, MD, MS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Urgent care or emergency department treatment of croup depends on the patient's degree of respiratory distress. In mild croup, a child may present with only a croupy cough and may just require parental guidance and reassurance, given alertness, baseline minimal respiratory distress, proper oxygenation, and stable fluid status. Caregivers may only need education regarding the course of the disease and supportive homecare guidelines.


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