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Barking Cough? It’s Probably Croup

It’s frightening every time you hear it: that harsh, raspy cough that sounds like a seal barking. Chances are it’s croup— a common infection that’s usually nothing to worry about, but could be serious if you don’t know the warning signs. Here, find out what causes croup, the signs you should look for, and how you can help your little one feel better.

What is croup?
Croup is an infection of the upper airways that causes swelling of the larynx and trachea. That swelling causes an airway obstruction, which makes it difficult for air to go in and out and results in hoarseness and the signature barking cough.

Every year, about 6 in 100 children under the age…

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