Croup is a viral or bacterial respiratory infection similar to laryngotracheitis that causes inflammation in the throat, difficultly breathing, coughing, and a hoarse voice. This viral or bacterial infection mainly affects children under the age of six. In rare cases, croup can be seen in teenagers and adults, but this is not likely to happen. If you think your child has croup and is showing signs of this infection, such as difficultly breathing, barking coughs, sore throats, weakness, paleness, a hoarse voice, or fever it is best to take your child to be seen at the doctors for proper medicinal treatment. However, in mild cases, croup can be treated at home with acetaminophen and ibuprofen, but again only in mild cases. If your child has a severe case of croup it can be life threatening, so keep that in mind and always monitor your child when sick with this illness.
If the doctor finds that your child has croup, steroids such as epinephrine might be given to help the child breathe easier. Sometimes the doctor will place an oxygen mask on the children as well in the hospital if the child suffers from a server croup infection and needs extra oxygen to breathe on his/her own. If you prefer your child to have a natural treatment for croup, placing a humidifier in his/her room may help in mild cases. Sometimes cough medicines can help relieve coughing, too. To prevent croup infections in young children, it is best to vaccinate them at an early age. With proper care, rest, lots of fluids, and treatment, croup should improve within seven days,Â if not sooner. In severe cases it can take a bit longer, but most every child gets over this infection quickly without difficulties or it developing into phenomena or other respiratory infections.