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To help prevent viral infections that can cause croup:

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after you blow your nose. Also, wash your hands after you care for someone who has a cough, cold or sore throat.

  • If someone in your household has a respiratory infection, keep his or her eating utensils and drinking glasses separate from those of other family members. Wash these glasses and utensils thoroughly in hot, soapy water.

  • If a toddler with a respiratory infection has been chewing or sucking on toys, wash these toys with soap and water and then rinse them well.

  • Promptly dispose of dirty tissues from runny noses and sneezes.

  • Ask anyone with a cough or cold to avoid kissing or playing with your child.

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