Croup is a viral infection that causes swelling of the larynx or trachea. Croup begins like a common cold, but soon develops a distinctive type of harsh barking cough. A person with croup may also have a harsh wheeze as they try to breathe through their narrowed windpipe. Croup is most common in young infants. Croup usually runs its course for six days.
Symptoms: difficulty breathing, harsh cough, hoarseness, tightness in the lungs, increased mucus production and feelings of suffocation.
Who to consult: If a child is having difficulty breathing, they should be admitted to the nearest hospital for further care. Other practitioners that may be of assistance are: dietician, GP, herbalist and respiratory specialist.