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"What is croup?
Croup is a common respiratory problem in young children. Its main symptom is a harsh, barking cough. Croup causes swelling and narrowing in the voice box, windpipe, and breathing tubes that lead to the lungs. This can make it harder for your child to breathe.
An attack of croup can be scary, but it is rarely serious. Children usually get better in several days with rest and care at home.
What causes croup?
Croup usually occurs a few days after the start of a cold and is usually caused by the same viruses that cause the common cold. As children grow older and their lungs and windpipes mature, they are less likely to get croup."
Croup is NOT a disease. It's a symptom of another illness, usually the common cold.