Tshwaetsego ya Croup le Dr. Tumelo Leeuw – Paediatrician

Today on our health feature we look into the most common infections amongst kids during this season, being Croup. Also known as laryngotracheobronchitis, Croup is a type of respiratory infection that is usually caused by a virus.
The infection leads to swelling inside the trachea, which interferes with normal breathing and produces the classic symptoms of "barking" cough, stridor, and a hoarse voice. Fever and runny nose may also be present.
Croup often begins as a typical cold. If there's enough inflammation and coughing, a child will develop: loud barking cough that's further aggravated by crying and coughing, as well as anxiety and agitation, setting up a cycle of worsening signs and symptoms: fever: Hoarse voice and breathing that may be noisy or laboured. Symptoms of croup are typically worse at night and usually last for three to five days.
Croup typically occurs in younger children, usually it is not that serious and most children can be treated at home.