Croup is a common illness in young children. It can be scary for parents as well as children. Read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about croup, including the types, causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Your child will usually have symptoms of a cold before the onset of croup, including a runny nose, sore throat, fever and irritability. He then develops a harsh, barking cough, sometimes a hoarse voice, and then noisy breathing.
Croup often runs its course within three to five days. In the meantime, keep your child comfortable with a few simple measures. Your child's cough may improve during the day, but don't be surprised if it returns at night.
A child with severe croup can't eat at all and needs hospitalisation. If your child has mild croup, it's important to keep her hydrated at all times.
Most cases of croup can be treated successfully at home. However, children with severe cases of croup may need to be treated in the hospital.