Croup is a breathing disorder of very young children caused by inflammation of the trachea (windpipe) and larynx. lt is characterized by a barking cough, perhaps accompanied by a wheezing or whistling sound, known as stride or, and in severe cases the child may appear blue. It frequently occurs at night and can be very alarming, but an attack almost always resolves itself without further problems. Recovery can be quickened by:
1. Taking the child into a steam-filled room, such as a bathroom with the hot tap running in the bath.
2. Supporting the child in a sitting position and reassuring the child.
3. Keeping' the atmosphere in the child's bedroom humid, It is advisable to call your doctor as the condition can recur after the initial attack has subsided.
If the child is sitting bolt upright or has a high temperature, this may indicate a more serious condition, known as epiglottitis, which requires immediate medical attention