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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:
croup

To find out how to treat a child with croup, read the key steps below.

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The baby or child has difficulty breathing, and a short barking cough. Their cough may also sound like crowing or whistling.

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In severe attacks, the baby or child may use muscles around their nose and neck as they struggle in their attempts to breathe. They may also have blue-tinged skin.

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When you observe these symptoms, sit the child up and encourage them to relax.

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Sitting them up may help them to breathe easier. Reassure the child, as they may be frightened.

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