Recognizing The Symptoms Of Croupy Cough In ToddlersLeave a Comment
Croupy Cough In Toddlers
Croupy cough is in fact a viral infection caused by the parainfluenza virus. It causes the voice box to get inflamed, resulting in the swelling and narrowing of the airways that lie just below the vocal cords. When this happens, breathing becomes more difficult and when the person breathes it can sound like a harsh, barking cough that as often been compared to the barking sounds that a young seal pup makes.
If your child is suffering from croupy cough, the best thing to do is to make an appointment with the pediatrician for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. At Pediatric Partners, our doctors have had several years of experience treating croupy cough. Call us today.
Croupy cough in toddlers is so common because children under the age of 5 years have smaller airways. Babies and toddlers are more susceptible to croup starting in late fall and right through the cold winter months.
Adults can also suffer from croup but it not as commonly seen as croup in toddlers or croup in babies.
Symptoms Of Croup
The telltale symptom of croup is the seal bark cough that is usually more pronounced at night and may be accompanied by noisy breathing. Sometimes, you may also hear a high-pitched sound during inhalation. This is known as stridor.
Other croup symptoms may include:
• Stuffy nose
• Raspy or hoarse voice
• Difficulty swallowing
• Cold-like symptoms
Fever may or may not be present.
The symptoms of croup last several days and usually up to a week. The symptoms can recur.
Protecting Your Child From Croup
Croup is contagious, which makes it very difficult to avoid altogether. Your child could catch the virus from other kids in school, in their playgroup or even from fleeting contact with another child in the park or while grocery shopping with you. The infection is spread if another child coughs or sneezes on your child or even if your child touches anything that an infected person has touched.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to lower the risks and protect your child. The best and most effective preventive measure is regular hand-washing. Teach your child to wash their hands regularly. As much as possible, minimize or at least try and avoid contact with other people with any type of respiratory infection.
Treating The Symptoms Of Croup
There are a few things you can do at home to try and alleviate the symptoms and relieve your child’s discomfort.
Taking your child for a proper diagnosis is important. Make an appointment with the pediatrician and get a professional evaluation. This is especially important if none of the home remedies that you’ve tried are effective in reducing the symptoms and if your child still has a barky cough and difficulty breathing. A visit to the pediatrician is warranted if you notice signs of dehydration.
The pediatrician may put your child on steroids in order to reduce the swelling in the airways so that your child can breathe more easily.