What is croup?
Also known as: viral croup, spasmodic croup.
Croup refers to a contagious infection of the upper breathing passages (the voice box- larynx, and windpipe-trachea) that irritates, inflames, swells and obstructs the upper airways of babies and young children, between the ages of 3 months and 5 years, (peak 24 months- especially in boys, and predominantly in the fall and early winter). It results in breathing difficulties and a characteristic cough that ends with a high-pitched whistling type noise (stridor) when the child breathes in.
Reviewed by: Sunil U Bochare, M.D.
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