As soon as you hear the barking cough of croup in your little one, it’s natural to feel concern. Luckily, croup is rarely serious or long-lasting and can often be treated at home.
Croup can disrupt breathing and cause a cough that sounds like barking. The cough and other symptoms are caused by an infection in a child’s upper airway. Swelling can occur around the voice box, windpipe and bronchial tubes. When air travels through this swollen passageway, it produces a noise similar to a barking seal. You might also hear a high-pitched whistling sound when your child breathes in.