August 15, 2017
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Croup: Does your child have a persistent, seal-like cough that seems to be worse in the evenings? Your child could have a respiratory virus called croup. Croup is a viral infection that often affects children under the age of 5. It is caused by common cold viruses and seen more often in the fall and winter months. Its characteristic cough is due to the upper airway swelling that occurs as a result from the virus.
Symptoms of croup may include fever, runny nose and a seal-like cough. The cough tends to be worse at night and more frequent with increased activity. Some children will develop a stridor, which is a high-pitched squeal when they breathe in because of the upper airway swelling that occurs with croup.
Supportive care is typically all that is necessary for treatment:
Most cases of croup are self-limiting and do not need medical therapy to improve. However, there are cases that seem to be more severe, especially if your child has a history of frequent respiratory infections or other pulmonary disease. If your child does not seem to be improving or demonstrates signs of a stridor at rest, changes to their breathing and overall lethargy, you should see your pediatrician.
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