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Your child will probably have a hoarse voice and a cough that sounds like barking. The cough often starts at night. Your child may also have a fever or noisy breathing.
Croup is a viral infection of the vocal cords, voice box and windpipe.
Croup is a viral infection of the vocal cords, voice box and windpipe. It makes the breathing passages in the throat and windpipe swell and get narrower. Without treatment, croup usually gets worse in the first 3 days before it stabilizes. It usually lasts for 5 to 7 days and generally is worse at night.
Bring your child to a doctor if:
The foggy bathroom: Warm moist air seems to work best to relax the vocal cords. Have warm shower running with the bathroom door closed. Once the room is all fogged up, take your child into the humidified bathroom for at least 10 minutes.How can you help your child feel better?Your child may be upset and frightened because he or she cannot breathe very well. The sound of the cough can be frightening too. Here are some things you can do to help your child feel better: