Croup is usually found in young children. The familiar sound of croup is often described as a seal bark. Most parents can treat croup at home. Be sure to call your doctor for guidance, if needed.
Determine if your child has croup. Croup tends to occur at night in children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years-old. It can also occur in older children and some adults, but is less likely. The child will have a barking cough and may make a "crowing" sound during inspiration.
October through November are the prime months for croup to appear in children who have had a mild respiratory infection. The child may exhibit cold symptoms followed by a croupy episode at night.
Call your doctor, if unsure of the treatment, especially if the child is a young baby.
Place the child in a warm, steamy environment. This usually means sitting in the bathroomcuddling your child until the croup attack ends.
Take your child outdoors to cool air. Cool air may end the croup attack.