This is what croup sounds like. Learn how best to treat it …
Tiny hearts education has shared some great info on croup and how best to treat it.
Can you hear that harsh, barking cough? (watch the video here)
What you’re hearing in this little one is croup. Croup is a condition caused by a viral infection which leads to swelling of the voice box and wind pipe. This makes the airway narrower, so it is harder to breathe.
Children with croup develop a harsh, barking cough and may make a noisy, high-pitched sound when they breathe in – this is called stridor.
Croup can get worse quickly, so if your child is having problems breathing, you should seek urgent medical attention.
The signs and symptoms of croup include:
→ begins typically like a normal cold (e.g. fever, runny nose and cough)
→ your child’s cough will change to become hard and barking – it might sound like a seal
→ your child’s voice may be hoarse
→ when your child breathes in, they may make a squeaky, high pitched noise (stridor)
→ in severe cases, the skin between the child’s ribs or under their neck may suck in when they breathe, and they may struggle to breathe
Call an ambulance immediately if your child is struggling to breathe, they look very sick and become pale and drowsy, their lips are blue in colour and/or if they start to drool or can’t swallow.
You should see a doctor if your child:
→ is under six months old and has signs and symptoms of croup
→ their breastbone or the skin between their ribs sucks when they breathe in
→ has a stridor at rest
→ is very distressed or their symptoms are getting worse
→ you are worried for any other reason
You should also see a doctor if your child has mild croup that lasts for more than four days or if a stridor returns after your child has recovered from croup.
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