- Croup is a viral infection that causes swelling around the vocal cords.
- The virus is spread through coughing and sneezing and is highly contagious.
- Most common symptoms are a barking cough, but can also cause a runny nose, sneezing, and even a fever.
You hear the dreaded barking cough from your child. Naturally, as a parent, you get concerned and might even panic that something is terribly wrong. But while there can be severe cases of croup (which we’ll explain in more detail), many times a trip to the doctor won’t be warranted.
The viral infection commonly strikes kids under five years of age, adding to the urgency of the situation. However, knowing the signs and how to react to croup, can successfully steer your child through it without undue stress. Here are 12 things to keep in mind if you suspect your child has a croup infection…
Croup is Commonly From a Viral Infection
Croup – medically known as laryngotracheobronchitis – is characterized by what sounds like a “barking seal.” It is the result of a viral infection that causes swelling around the vocal cords, according to Healthline. In fact, the same viruses that cause the common cold (parainfluenza) can also lead to croup, adds the source.
The source adds that several other viruses could be the catalyst behind this condition, including adenovirus that can also cause a cold. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is another common cause of croup among kids, but it can also be the result of allergies and bacterial infections, it notes.