Croup is a type of respiratory infection that is usually caused by a virus. The infection leads to swelling inside the trachea, which interferes with normal breathing and produces classic symptoms that may be mild, moderate, or severe. Often it starts or is worse at night and normally lasts one to two days. Croup can be caused by a number of viruses including parainfluenza and influenza virus. Rarely is it due to a bacterial infection.
or Runny nose
Cough with mucus or without mucus
Occurs or worsens with emotions
Worst at night
Less than 38°C (100. 4°F), Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F)
Noise while breathing
Abnormally rapid breathing
Excessive saliva flowing
or Pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat
Family history of croup
Recent upper respiratory tract infection
If you have Croup, then a visit to a pediatrician is recommended.