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This randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of prednisone 2mg/kg/day for 3 days vs. dexamethasone 0.6mg/kg for 1 day for treatment of 200 children with mild or moderate croup will be conducted in a practice-based research network of community pediatricians in the St. Louis area. Outcomes include additional health care for croup, duration of symptoms, nights of disturbed sleep, parental stress, missed work days, and adverse events.Our hypothesis is that community-based treatment of children with mild or moderate croup with multiple doses of prednisone is superior to a single dose of dexamethasone.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Pediatric Healthcare Unlimited
Washington University School of Medicine
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:16:54-0400
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