Natural Remedies for Croup

A common respiratory problem for children, croup tends to crop up in the fall and winter. It can be scary, for both you and your child, but stay calm, it often resolves itself with a few days of rest. Croup is contagious and is caused by the same viruses that cause the common cold. In fact, croup often comes a few days after the start of a cold. The cough of croup is very distinctive and easy to recognize once you have heard it. As your child grows and their airways mature, the frequency of croup will decrease until it is less of a problem.


How can I tell if I have croup?

  • Barking cough
  • Raspy, hoarse voice
  • Harsh, crowing noise when breathing in
  • Needing to sit up in order to breathe


How can I prevent croup?

Prevent croup by preventing the common cold. Wash your hands frequently, especially when in public places, consider getting a flu vaccine, and be sure to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing.


How can I treat croup?

  • Stay calm. This is most important as you have to help your child stay calm as well. Crying aggravates and narrows the windpipe making it even harder for your child to breathe.
  • Keep the room moist and have your child steam in a steamy bathroom for 10 minutes.
  • Go outside and breathe in some cool air. Just be sure to dress warmly.
  • Avoid smoking and exposing yourself and your child to cigarette smoke.
  • Keep your child well hydrated.
  • Use a saline spray, then aspirate your child’s nose.
  • Give your child a glass of tea with a bit of honey in it. The tea will soothe them and the honey has antibiotic properties.
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