Croup is a condition characterised by inflammation of the larynx or the voice-box. As a result of the swelling, your child will find it difficult to breathe. Croup attacks are more likely to occur at night and may last for upto two hours.
These include barking cough and noisy breathing (due to difficulty in drawing air in)
You must consult the doctor if you think your child has croup as it could in some cases, be life-threatening. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics or send your child to the hospital if he is very ill.
If your child has difficulty breathing because of croup, you can take him into a steamy atmosphere as this will ease his breathing. You can create such an atmosphere by turning the hot taps on in the bathroom and sitting there with your child (all doors and windows closed) or get the water boiling in a kettle in the kitchen.