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Severe Croup

Croup is a viral infec­tion of the throat that typ­i­cal­ly caus­es a high-pitched, barky” type cough often asso­ci­at­ed with hoarse­ness. Stri­dor is the term for the noise made when a child has dif­fi­cul­ty breath­ing in. This may or may not be asso­ci­at­ed with a croupy cough but is an indi­ca­tion of labored breath­ing and should be called to your physician’s atten­tion. Even though most croup cas­es are not seri­ous, a com­bi­na­tion of the fol­low­ing signs and symp­toms may indi­cate a severe form of croup: dif­fi­cul­ty breath­ing, drool­ing, dif­fi­cul­ty swal­low­ing, fever.