Find out what causes croup cough in babies and toddlers, recognise the symptoms and learn croup virus treatment for the voice box and windpipe.
Croup is a viral infection of the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). Croup cough symptoms in babies and children include swelling of the vocal cords, causing hoarseness. Children with croup cough may also have a tight, low-pitched "barking" cough.
Stridor develops as the opening between the vocal cords becomes narrower. This is a high-pitched, squeaking sound heard when your child breathes in and maybe more obvious with crying or coughing. If the disease becomes worse, stridor may be heard even when your child is asleep or relaxed.
Croup usually lasts for three to seven days, and the symptoms are worse in young children under three years of age.
As with all viral infections, ensure lots of fluids and rest for your child. Most cases of croup virus are mild and do not require hospitalisation.
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This article was last reviewed on
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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