What Is Croup: Mysterious Or Infectious?
It often comes in the middle of the night. Your child may go to sleep feeling okay but can wake up gasping for breaths. What is Croup? Croup is a viral infection of the voice box and windpipe associated with signs of a respiratory infection, such as a runny nose, cough and low grade fever. Most cases of croup are caused by viruses, usually parainfluenza virus transmitted by airborne droplets from an infected child 's cough. It 's also a very common ailment of childhood. Croup is a cough that sounds like a deep raspy barking seal. Your child might have some trouble breathing because the virus causes inflammation around the larynx and the bronchial passage is blocked with mucus and that’s where the raspy noise comes from with each inhaled breath your child gives.
Croup is highly contagious to other children; it can last from five to six days. Some signs of croup are cold like symptoms, runny nose, cough, low or mild fever and often worsen at night. Your child may have labor breathing or stridor, a high pitch or crowing noise when they inhale. Croup is not dangerous but it can cause a child to be hospitalized if it is severe. Vaccines today protect children against some of the more dangerous forms of croup. The vaccine for measles also carries the (Hib) haemophilus influenza which protects your