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What is croup? What causes croup?

Croup is an infectious pediatric illness of the respiratory system that involves the vocal cords (larynx), the windpipe (trachea), and the upper airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes). The majority of a child's symptoms reflect involvement of the larynx. Croup is usually a viral infection and may be caused by many different viruses, including those responsible for the common cold and influenza. Rarely, it is caused by a bacterial infection. Croup is more common in children between 6 months and 3 years of age and rarely occurs in children over 6 years of age. It is more commonly seen from late fall through the early winter months. It has a slightly higher frequency in boys than in girls. Bacterial croup is an infection of the same structures that are affected during a viral process. Treatment varies depending on whether it is caused by a virus or a bacteria.

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Comment from: Anna, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

My son was 10 months old in 1997 when he was diagnosed with croup. At night he had hard time breathing and then I drove him to the emergency room. He looked lifeless when we got to the emergency room, he stopped breathing on the way. He was immediately intubated for three days and I was told by the emergency room doctors if we had got there minutes later, he would not have made it. Today he is 17 years old, a gifted, talented handsome young man and no brain damage whatsoever.

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Comment from: niomi, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 02

My daughter is 15 month and got croup for the first time. I knew it was croup as my son who is 3 now, has had it 4 times already. Day 1, she had the barking cough from having a cold for 4 days and within 24 hours she had the stridor in the chest and neck. After 2 ambulance trips and 3 hospitals, we ended up at the children's hospital ICU. Her stridor was so bad they were talking about the breathing tube. They did an amazing job on relaxing her. She also had 7 adrenaline doses by nebulizer.

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