Always keep the number of Poison Centre posted beside your phone ||Set aside time to spend with each child individually, so they don't feel like they're competing for your attention ||If your child's scalp is very crusty, put some baby oil or olive oil on the scalp 1 hour before washing to soften the crust ||To help your kid stand up to negative peer pressure, encourage him to talk, use role playing with him, get to know the parents of your child's friends and finally deal with your own peer pressure. ||Newborns are expected to lose some weight after delivery due to fluid loss. Don’t worry ||There are some games, that you can play with your child to increase his ability to concentrate. Check them out in our articles section. ||You'll develop a unique parenting style that is right for your family and may be quite different from your neighbors and friends. ||Every milestone is an accomplishment, but it means your child is more independent and needs you a little less ||During growth spurts - around 6 weeks after birth — your newborn might want to be fed more often ||Don't forget to watch what you say and do around your child: Imitation is one of the ways toddlers learn socially acceptable behavior. ||
Croup

Croup is a respiratory infection involving the voice area (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). It is usually caused by a virus, including some of the same viruses that cause a cold. Croup usually occurs in younger children—about age 4 or less. It can be scary because of the sound of the “barking” cough, one of the main symptoms. Although most children recover in a few days, often there is some difficulty breathing.

Symptoms

Your child may have symptoms of a cold (runny nose, sore throat, or cough) for a few days before the typical symptoms begin.

  • A “barking” cough is the most common symptom.
  • It usually involves hoarseness.
  • A harsh sound when breathing in is common. This is called stridor. This stridor can be mild or severe and cause difficulty breathing.
  • If there is a lot of difficulty breathing, the ribs may stick out and the chest may get sucked in with each breath. This type of breathing is called retraction.
  • Retractions can also occur where the neck meets the collar bones.
  • Fever may be present.

Symptoms, especially stridor, are worse when the child is upset or crying.

Symptoms are usually worse at night and last a few days, but should be gone within a week.

Doctor's Instructions

You should call our office or seek medical attention if:

  • You are concerned that your child is having difficulty breathing.
  • Stridor (harsh sounds when breathing in) occurs when your child is resting or calm.
  • Your child shows evidence of stridor (chest caving in and ribs sticking out when breathing).
  • Your child drools excessively.
  • Your child turns blue (cyanosis) at any time. This is an emergency—call 2356.
  • Symptoms do not improve after a few days.
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