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This is a spasmodic narrowing and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.

What to look for

If your child has a harsh, dry cough. Laboured breathing and fever It is a viral infection of the voice box. Respiratory infection shows similar symptoms and is a somewhat common ailment of childhood.

Your child may have trouble breathing and they may also make strange sounds then they inhale. The first sign is normally a cough that sounds like a bark of a seal.

It last for at five or six days and Croup is very contagious. The age that is normally affected is between three months and six years. Because the windpipes and bronchial passages are medium they are very vulnerable to blockage. Croup is not normally dangerous and you can treat it at home. But if it gets serious your child may need to be hospitalized.


Croup is caused by a virus that is transmitted by coughing.

Personal Care

Try a cool-mist humidifier this may help your child breathe. Steam may help loosen the phlegm and relax the throat. You should turn on the shower so that there is steam in the bath room, you should also carry your child around until he/she can breath better. Don’t carry your child under the shower. Give your child plenty of liquids but do not give them citrus And keep your child away from cigarette smoke.

When to seek further professional advice


When your child has a high fever that accompanies croup.
If the symptoms are getting worse and the home remedy’s do not work.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Herbal Therapies: for a persistent cough, herbalists use wild cherry bark.
Homoeopathy : Aconite is favoured by Homoeopaths for croup. If Aconite doesn't work try Spongia in the same dosage and intervals. For a more mucus-filled bronchial cough, Hepar sulphuris is the third choice for acute croup. Ask your homeopathy for correct dosages
Aromatherapy : ad a few drops of wintergreen, eucalyptus or menthol when you give your child a bath.

Traditional Treatment

It is very important that you and your child stay calm because being nervous will make breathing more difficult. The easiest remedy is moist air. If there is air conditioner of heating appliances on switch them off. Put your child in a humid environment. Doctors recommend that you sleep in the same room a your child because the condition normally worsens at night, you should be ready to get medical help if your child doesn’t improve.

Home care is the best medicine unless your child is having great difficulty breathing.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00