Croup is a medical condition in which the upper airway is infected, resulting in breathing obstruction and bark like cough. Croup causes inflammation of the larynx, windpipe, and bronchial tubes. This disease is common in young children. Symptoms of Croup are:
• Cold-like indications
• Loud barking cough that is aggravated at nights and increases due to crying
• Noisy or laboured breathing
HOW IS CROUP DIAGNOSED?
Paediatricians may diagnose croup through physical examination, examination of breathing and listening to your lungs with a stethoscope. Throat also may be examined for swelling. X-rays may be ordered for detecting other illnesses
HOW IS CROUP TREATED?
Home treatment is considered best to treat the croup. Maintaining hygiene is important and also keeping your child warm at all times. Steam helps and so does a hot water shower. Over the counter prescription drugs and medications for cough and cold don’t help.
DID YOU KNOW?
Croup attack may appear too scary but it is not always serious. In most cases, children recover in a few days with some good rest and home remedies.