Croup
Breathing difficulty accompanied by a "barking" cough caused by swelling around the vocal cords.
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Croup

Breathing difficulty accompanied by a "barking" cough caused by swelling around the vocal cords.

Symptoms:

  • Usually starts with cold symptoms and develops into a persistent, barking cough, noisy breathing and a hoarse voice. 
  • If the symptoms worsen into fast or difficult breathing, or if the tongue or lips become blue, your child must be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

Seriousness:

  • Treat at home, unless breathing difficulties develop.

Treatment:

  • During a severe attack, run a hot bath to humidify the air and sit in the bathroom with your child on your lap. 
  • Frequent warm drinks and liquid paracetamol will help the child feel better.

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