What's going around this week occurs most often in young kids and can be scary for the little ones and their parents.
It's croup that Linda Eckerson, F.N.P. at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating this week.
At firs ta child may have cold symptoms like stuffy or runny nose. Then he or she will get hoarse, with a harsh, barking cough that is characteristic of croup.
Kids should get better in several days with rest and care at home.
Try to stay calm during an attack as crying can make it harder to breathe.
Breathe in moist air by filling the bathroom with steam or putting your child near a humidifier.
Breathing cool night air may also help. Bundle up your child and take him or her outside for 10 minutes.
It's important to keep your child well-hydrated.
An attack of croup can be scary, but it's rarely serious.
Seek immediate care if your child has an episode lasting longer than 30 minutes.