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How soon after being diagnosed with croup can other chlidren be affected?

By Anonymous July 15, 2010 - 8:54am
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My daughter who will be 6 in a month and weighs 44 pounds was with her 2 year old cousin who was diagnosed with croup on Monday eventhough she had been sick from Friday.How soon would she catch it after being exposed to her? How long do I keep her away from her?

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Hi Anonymous,
Croup is an upper respiratory infection that transmits similar to colds or influenza, and generally affects kids up to the age of 5. Once exposed, it can take roughly 2-5 days to develop symptoms. Croup typically can last 3-7 days. I found the information on both the Mayo Clinic website, and on this Healthy Children page:
The Mayo Clinic page has information on how to deal with symptoms (night wheezing, etc.), and when to see the doctor (high fever, or signs of poor oxygenation):
Good luck, and hope both kids are back to playing together in no time.

July 15, 2010 - 9:52am
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