Croup is a condition that affects babies’ and young children’s airways. It’s usually mild, but call NHS 111 or see a GP if you’re worried.
Check if your child has croup
These are the symptoms of croup:
- a barking cough that sounds like a seal (you can hear examples online)
- 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.
How to treat croup at home
Croup usually gets better on its own within 48 hours.
Until it does:
Call NHS 111 or see a GP if:
- you’re worried
- your child is getting worse