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What is croup?

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Croup is a condition that irritates your baby’s upper airways and causes them to swell. As the airway below his vocal cords becomes narrow, your baby will find it hard to breathe. His breathing will be noisy and he’ll have a cough that sounds a lot like a high-pitched seal or dog bark. His voice will also sound raspy and hoarse, especially when he cries.

From: What Is Croup? What Causes It? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Croup in Infants and Children (Beyond the Basics).”

KidsHealth: “Croup.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Croup and Your Young Child.”

Seattle Children’s.org: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Croup.”

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on March 14, 2017

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SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Croup in Infants and Children (Beyond the Basics).”

KidsHealth: “Croup.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Croup and Your Young Child.”

Seattle Children’s.org: “Should Your Child See a Doctor? Croup.”

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on March 14, 2017

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