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Croup is a viral infection that causes airway inflammation, making it difficult to breathe. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of croup.

Key points

  • Croup is a common childhood illness that is caused by a viral infection.
  • For most children, croup is a mild illness that can be managed at home. There is no medicine that will make the virus go away faster, but there are ways to make your child more comfortable.
  • If croup is more severe, take your child to see a health-care provider.
Last updated: April 1st 2019