|What causes the barking cough that croup babies have?
Because the whole of the upper respiratory tract is swollen,
including the windpipe and voice box, there is considerable
swelling in this area. This causes all the wheezing, grunting,
hoarseness and of course the barking cough.
Your baby will probably have a fever, and the symptoms
of a cold, which worsen as the throat area swells and the
barking cough starts. The problem is that generally the
symptoms worsen considerably at night, and can be quite
frightening for the child and parents. If you do not have
a humidifier, then it is worth taking the baby into the
bathroom, closing the door, and running the shower to steam
up the room. This can dramatically improve the symptoms.
Letting baby breathe through a warm facecloth can also be
If your baby is really struggling to breathe you should
not hesitate to call the doctor. Your doctor will understand
that this really is alarming situation, and will be better
able to judge the severity. Some babies get extremely sick
with croup, so it is better to consult your doctor if you
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