Our 7 year old daughter had the symptoms of croup, but also a very high fever and was very pale. She was treated with Dexamethazone which improved things, but not completely. She died from a respiratory and cardiac arrest because her airway was totally blocked, despite having been seen by a doctor in A and E and 2 GPs. We found later that a raised heart rate and fever with croup were indicators of a life-threatening condition called bacterial tracheitis, as was her age. Make sure that doctors rule it out if your child has a high fever or raised heartrate with croup. The information is all in the CKS NICE guidelines for croup
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