Croupy cough is not a typical raspy kind of cough that you usually hear. The distinctive sign that your toddler has croupy cough is if he or she sounds somewhat like a seal pup barking. It is a very-pitched sound that can be quite alarming.
Children who have a more serious infection sometimes develop a raspy, vibrating, harsh wheeze when they inhale.
What Is Croupy Cough And What Causes It?
This is a type of respiratory infection that usually affects toddlers who are younger than 5 years of age. Children are usually affected through the autumn and winter months.
The condition is commonly caused by a particular strain of virus called adenovirus or influenza virus. Sometimes however, it can also be caused by bacteria. At the beginning of the infection, your child will probably suffer from a mild cold and cough. This may or may not be accompanied by a low fever.
As the infection progresses, your child’s voice may turn more hoarse and it will sound something like laryngitis. However the coughing sound will be quite different from any other coughing sound. As we said before, it will sound like a young seal barking.
How long the symptoms of the condition last depends mainly on the severity of the condition. Typically, the duration is between five to six days. If left untreated, the condition can lead to several other complications such as respiratory distress, ear infection or even pneumonia.
Home Remedies Or Doctor?
There are a few things you can do at home to reduce the symptoms if you find that your child’s breathing is labored or your child is wheezing with a very high-pitched sound.
The first thing you can try is to get the bathroom hot and steamy by closing the door and turning the shower on hot. Let your child stay in the steamy room for a while as moist air can make it easier for your child to breathe.
If you have as face steamer, you can use that too to generate steam, which your child can breathe in.
If neither of these two strategies work, you must take your child to a pediatrician to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. A pediatrician will do a thorough evaluation and will advise you as to what you should do next depending on the severity of your child’s symptoms.
Never, ever give your child any type of over the counter medications as these may have dangerous side effects.