Croup is a respiratory infection involving the voice area (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). It is usually caused by a virus, including some of the same viruses that cause a cold. Croup usually occurs in younger children—about age 4 or less. It can be scary because of the sound of the “barking” cough, one of the main symptoms. Although most children recover in a few days, often there is some difficulty breathing.
Your child may have symptoms of a cold (runny nose, sore throat, or cough) for a few days before the typical symptoms begin.
- A “barking” cough is the most common symptom.
- It usually involves hoarseness.
- A harsh sound when breathing in is common. This is called stridor. This stridor can be mild or severe and cause difficulty breathing.
- If there is a lot of difficulty breathing, the ribs may stick out and the chest may get sucked in with each breath. This type of breathing is called retraction.
- Retractions can also occur where the neck meets the collar bones.
- Fever may be present.
Symptoms, especially stridor, are worse when the child is upset or crying.
Symptoms are usually worse at night and last a few days, but should be gone within a week.
You should call our office or seek medical attention if:
- You are concerned that your child is having difficulty breathing.
- Stridor (harsh sounds when breathing in) occurs when your child is resting or calm.
- Your child shows evidence of stridor (chest caving in and ribs sticking out when breathing).
- Your child drools excessively.
- Your child turns blue (cyanosis) at any time. This is an emergency—call 2356.
- Symptoms do not improve after a few days.
Your Baby checkup
what are the vaccinations that he should have taken until now?
Generate a report for my baby.
Track Your Baby Vaccinations
Find Your Baby name
Al Sheikh Zayed