“Barklike” coughs could be a sign of a much more serious health issue in your child

Recent medical research is showing us that what seems like a regular cough in your child could be something much worse – croup. This is a respiratory disease where the airway to the lung are blocked. It can often be noticed if your child has a cough that sounds like a bark.

In some of the most severe cases, a child who has croup may have a major difficulty in breathing. They may also develop pneumonia, ear infections, and asphyxiation.

There are hints for parents to tell the difference between a normal cough and croup

Croup is a viral infection meaning it is very contagious. In the early stages, croup can just seem like a regular cold. Children suffering with croup often show the signs of a cold with fevers, fatigue, stuffy noses, and coughing. However, after some time, croup can begin to develop. Some of the key warning signs include breathing problems, a raspy voice, and a cough that sounds more like a dog barking than a child coughing.

Some of the most common warning signs for parents to look out for include:

  • “Barking” cough
  • Raspy voice
  • Fast breathing
  • Dry mouth from dehydration
  • Drooling
  • Sunken eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Being unusually quiet

In the majority of cases, croup can pass within 48 hours. However, if the child shows no signs of improvement after 48 hours, you should take them to a doctor. Some of the best treatment for croup are proper hydration, rest, and calmness to keep your child from getting too anxious.