Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

In most cases of croup, your child won't need to see a doctor. However, if your child's symptoms are severe or aren't responding to home treatment, you should make an appointment.

Your child's doctor will likely ask a number of questions to help determine the best course of treatment:

  • What are your child's symptoms? Has your child had a fever or difficulty swallowing?
  • How long has your child been experiencing symptoms?
  • Has your child's cough become progressively worse? If so, how rapidly?
  • Have you noticed a pattern to your child's cough? For instance, does it get worse at night?
  • Has your child had croup in the past?
  • Has your child recently been exposed to other sick children?
  • Does your child have any other medical conditions?
  • Is your child fully vaccinated?
Jan. 30, 2013

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