A look at the childhood illness whose bark is worse than its bite.
Croup is a condition, caused by a virus that causes inflammation of the upper airways. If it’s severe enough that a child is really struggling to breathe a trip to the hospital could be necessary. But generally croup is mild and can be treated at home with cool moist air to help reduce inflammation of the airways. Dr. Bruce Minnes, ER pediatrician at The Hospital for Sick Children tells us ore about the common childhood illness, croup. “Croup is a very common fall and winter time infection. Most often it sounds much worse than it really means. The child may have a hoarse voice or a barky cough that sounds like a small dog or a seal. But they can get quite distressed with it and panicky so the child with croup, once they start crying and get upset with it they he or she feels more short of breath and tends to become a bit of a cycle. One of the most important things that a aren’t can do is to try to calm the child and get them back to a more relaxed state.”