A harsh barking cough accompanied by wheezy breathing. It usually occurs in children aged one to five years and often develops when they have a heavy cold.

A humid or moist atmosphere will ease your child’s breathing. Supervise your child in the bathroom or shower with the hot taps running to create steam. Prop up your child’s bed to help their breathing.

If the croup persists, call NHS 111. If your child has significant difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention by calling 999.

Find out more about the NHS website

Last modified: 

10 Sep 2018