Young children from the age of six months to three years can often develop croup. This happens during the during the cooler months of autumn and winter. It is a viral infection, and early symptoms are often very similar to a cold.
Croup can have a very distinctive barking like cough, which often appears at nighttime. Young children have much narrower windpipes than adults. When these windpipes become inflamed it causes coughing. However, if breathing difficulties occur urgent medical attention is needed. I know that hearing that strange cough can be upsetting, especially if you’ve already had a few sleepless nights.
It will improve, and croup can usually be managed at home. Most children recover without complications, and will be back to normal in just a few days.