Croup is a common respiratory problem in young children. It tends to occur in the fall and winter. Its main symptom is a harsh, barking cough. Croup causes swelling and narrowing in the voice box, windpipe, and breathing tubes that lead to the lungs. This can make it hard for your child to breathe. An attack of croup can be scary, but it is rarely serious. Children usually get better in several days with rest and care at home. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how croup is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
What Is Croup? What Causes It?
If your baby has a high-pitched, "barky" cough, she may have coup. Find out what this common childhood condition is and what causes it.
What’s the Treatment for Croup?
Croup is a condition that can affect young kids. If your child has a mild case, it can be treated at home. Learn how to treat the symptoms of croup and when you should call a doctor instead.
What Are the Symptoms of Croup?
Croup is a condition that can affect young kids. Learn how to spot the symptoms.
Cough Medicine and Cough Syrups
Need something to stop that cough? Learn more about the ingredients and purposes of the various types of cough syrup and cough medicine so you get the right treatment.
Are OTC Drugs Safe for Kids?
WebMD answers your most pressing question about safely using over-the-counter drugs with your kids. Find out when OTC products are safe to use, and learn about alternative ways to treat your child’s cold or flu.
Treating Flu at Home: 10 Natural Remedies
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Cough Medicine: Should You or Shouldn’t You?
Do cough medicines really work? Get the facts on cough medicine effectiveness and side effects.
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