Seeing your child violently shaking from a coughing fit is every parent’s nightmare. Hearing that loud, barking sound they make doesn’t help, too. But sometimes, children’s symptoms tend to be scarier than the illness they suffer from, as in the case of croup.

Croup is a condition most prevalent during childhood. It is an infection that affects the trachea or windpipe, larynx or the voice box, and the bronchi or the air passages that lead to the lungs.

Children with this condition exhibit a distinctive noise when coughing that mimics the sound of a seal’s bark. They may also experience stridor, a harsh sounding noise when they breathe in.

While the most recognizable signs of croup might make it seem like a serious illness, it isn’t actually the case. This type of children’s cough can be easily treated once you have the correct diagnosis and know its underlying cause.

Croup is often associated with a barking cough similar to the sound made by seals. It also comes with…

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