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Dexamethasone Helps Take the ‘Bark’ Out of Croup

KEY POINT

A single oral dose of dexamethasone should be considered for treatment of mild croup in most if not all children, based on findings from a study of 720 pediatric patients.

SOURCES

Bjornson CL et al. A randomized trial of a single dose of oral dexamethasone for mild croup. N Engl J Med. 2004;351:1306–13.

Klass P. Croup-the bark is worse than the bite [perspective]. N Engl J Med. 2004;351:1283–4.