First Aid: Croup

First Aid: Croup

First Aid

Croup is a viral infection in the upper airway, around the vocal cords and windpipe. Swelling in this area causes a barking cough. Croup, most often seen in the fall, can affect kids up to age 5.

Signs and Symptoms

What to Do

Seek Medical Care

If Your Child:

Think Prevention!

Frequent hand washing and avoiding contact with people who have respiratory infections are the best protection against the spread of viruses that cause croup.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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