Thursday, January 28, 2016

Your child has a cough that makes him sound like a seal or a barking dog. Is it croup? Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition and what causes it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

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.

The cough and other symptoms of croup are the result of inflammation around the vocal cords, windpipe and bronchial tubes. When a cough forces air through this narrowed passage, the swollen vocal cords produce a noise similar to a seal barking. Likewise, taking a breath may produce a whistling sound.

Croup is most likely to occur during the winter months and early spring. Symptoms are most severe in children younger than three years of age.

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.