First Aid: Croupenparents is a viral infection that causes a telltake "barking" cough. Find out what to do if your child has croup and when to call the doctor.viral croup, virus, coughing sounds like barking seal, barking cough, grunting, wheezing, difficulty breathing, stridor, inflamed airways, bronchi, parainfluenza, adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, rsv, self-limiting diseases, spasmodic croup, ear infections, pneumonia, cool-mist humidifiers, cigarette smoke, asthma, difficulty swallowing, pulmonology, pulmonary, repiratory10/21/200905/02/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD05/03/2018db5c03de-426f-4330-84ae-a95c6e204036<p><a href=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><a href="">Croup</a> is a viral infection in the upper airway, around the vocal cords and windpipe. Swelling in this area may cause a barking <a href="">cough</a>. Croup, most often seen in the late summer and fall, usually affects young children.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <ul> <li>a barking cough</li> <li>a high-pitched sound when breathing in (known as stridor)</li> <li>breathing harder than usual</li> <li>stuffy or runny nose</li> <li><a href="">fever</a></li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Run a hot shower to create a steam-filled bathroom where you can sit with your child for 20 minutes.</li> <li>Take your child outside during cooler months for a few minutes. This may help breathing.</li> <li>Use a cool-mist humidifier. Having your child breathe in the moist air will sometimes ease symptoms.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care If Your Child:</h3> <ul> <li>has trouble breathing (breathing too fast or skin between the ribs is pulling in)</li> <li>has difficulty breathing</li> <li>has a pale or bluish color around the mouth</li> <li>drools or has difficulty swallowing</li> <li>becomes tired easily</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p><a href="">Washing hands</a> well and often and avoiding contact with people who have respiratory infections are the best protection against the spread of viruses that cause croup.</p>
A to Z: Upper Respiratory InfectionAn upper respiratory infection (URI) can be caused by many viruses or bacteria. The common cold, croup, and sinusitis are all URIs.
CoughingCoughs are a common symptom, but most aren't a sign of a serious condition. Learn about different coughs, how to help your child feel better, and when to call your doctor.
CroupCroup often causes kids to have a loud cough that sounds like a seal barking. Most cases of croup are caused by viruses, are mild, and can be treated at home.
First Aid: CoughingCoughing is a healthy reflex that helps clear the airways. A severe or lingering cough requires medical treatment, but many coughs are caused by viruses that just need to run their course.
Hand Washing: Why It's So ImportantWashing your hands well and often is the best way to keep from getting sick. Here's how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.
X-Ray Exam: NeckA neck X-ray can help diagnose many conditions, including stridor, croup, hoarseness due to swelling in or near the airways, and problems with tonsils and adenoids.
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