Croup has come to town

larynxAs we often see this time of year there has been an increase in cases of croup.

Croup is when a viral cold causes swelling near and just below a child's voice box. If a child is older they will have cold symptoms, harsh cough and a hoarse voice. If a child is younger (typically less than 5 years old) they more often can have some breathing problems from croup. The narrowing near the voice box can lead to stridor. This is a harsh and sometimes musical sound loudest when a child is breathing in. Symptoms are often worse at night and often come on suddenly.