- -Croup is breathing difficulty and a "barking" cough. Croup is due to swelling around the vocal cords. It is common in infants and children.
- -very young kids
=>Causes: Croup is most often caused by viruses, such as parainfluenza RSV, measles, adenovirus, and influenza. It tends to appear in children between 3 months and 5 years old, but it can happen at any age. Some children are more likely to get croup and may get it several times. It is most common between October and March, but can occur at any time of the year.
More severe cases of croup may be caused by bacteria. This condition is called bacterial tracheitis.
Croup may also be caused by
:Allergies, Breathing in something that irritates your airway, Acid reflux
The main symptom of croup is a cough that sounds like a seal barking.
Most children will have mild cold symptoms for several days before the barking cough becomes evident. As the cough gets more frequent, the child may have trouble breathing or stridor (a harsh, crowing noise made when breathing in).
Croup is typically much worse at night. It often lasts 5 or 6 nights. The first night or two are most often the worst. Rarely, croup can last for weeks. Talk to your child's doctor if croup lasts longer than a week or comes back often.
=> Shower helps (moisture)