We had a viewer ask us about croup. A mom wrote, "When my baby wakes up at night barking like a seal, do I have to take him in? Is there anything I can do to help him get over it without a trip to the ER in the middle of the night?"
Dr. Zak Zarbock with Families First Pediatrics has advice for parents.
Dr. Zarbock says the most important thing to watch for is distressed breathing. For young babies, that means breathing rapidly, sixty times a minute.
Honey or buckwheat honey works well to help with coughs. Older kids can suck on hard candy or cough drops as well. Cough syrup should not be used for young children, it can be dangerous.
Parents can also treat symptoms with steam or a humidifier.
Families First Pediatrics is located at 1268 West South Jordan Parkway in South Jordan. (801) 254-9700.
For more information, please visit their website: http://www.ffpeds.com/