Croup is a common childhood condition that mainly affects babies' and young children's airways. It's usually mild, but it's important to call NHS 111 if you think your child has croup. They may need treatment.
Could it be coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A new, continuous cough could be COVID-19.
These are the symptoms of croup:
- a barking cough that sounds like a seal (you can search online to hear examples)
- a hoarse voice
- difficulty breathing
- a rasping sound when breathing in
Your child will usually have cold-like symptoms to begin with, such as a temperature, runny nose and cough.
Croup symptoms usually come on after a few days and are often worse at night.
If you're not sure it's croup
Croup usually gets better on its own within 48 hours.
During this time:
sit your child upright
comfort them if they're distressed (crying can make the symptoms worse)
give them plenty of fluids
do not put your child in a steamy room or get them to inhale steam
do not give them cough or cold medicines