Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Croup is a condition characterized by a loud cough that resembles the barking of a seal and difficulty breathing and is common in infants and children. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about croup in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Croup is a common respiratory problem characterized by a harsh, barking cough. The term croup does not refer to a single illness, but rather a group of conditions involving inflammation of the upper airway that leads to a barking cough.

Croup is usually triggered by an acute viral infection and it is most likely to occur during the winter months and early spring. Symptoms are most severe in children younger than three years of age. Children who are born prematurely or with narrowed upper airways are more prone to developing croup.

The condition is characterized by a loud cough. At first, a child may have cold symptoms like a stuffy or runny nose, and may also have fever. Symptoms of croup often worsen at night and when the child is upset or crying.

Rest and plenty of fluids are recommended to treat the condition. If your child develops rapid breathing or persistent cough, call the doctor or seek medical attention as soon as possible.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.