The common word for the infection of the air passage or larynx is called as croup.
There is a hoarse, barking cough and difficulty in breathing. It comes on suddenly during the evening.
The child may have had a cold and some cough, but suddenly wakes up coughing and breathless. His voice is hoarse and he seems to be fighting with his brething.
Breathing can be improved by increasing the humidity of the room. This can be done by keeping basins of water in the room, hanging wet sheets or towels around the child’s bed.
In winter a steaming kettle can be kept in the room.
Breathing improves in a moist room, and the cough also becomes loose and less dry.
The most severe form of croup is, when a croup is accompanied with fever.There is difficulty in breathing, a feeling of tightness in the chest, and cough.
A doctor should be consulted immediately or the child should be taken to the hospital.