Is it normal to get croup often?

Viral Croup is does not usually occur more than once (or twice) in a year in a otherwise healthy child. Croup like symptoms that occur more frequently (>2 a year) have been called “Recurrent Croup.” Essentially, recurrent croup is not due to a viral etiology and should be considered a RED FLAG for another condition.

How many times can a child get croup?

If a child has repeated bouts of croup, more than two episodes a year, they are said to have recurrent croup. If a child has signs and symptoms of croup outside of the normal preschool age group or the symptoms do not improve in a timely manner with the typical medications, they may have atypical croup.

When should I worry about croup?

Severe croup can cause breathing difficulties in general but if your child’s skin “caves in” around their neck or ribs when they try to inhale, you should seek urgent medical treatment. Serious infections can also cause stridor , which is noisy breathing, often high-pitched, caused by the narrowing of the airway.

What can croup be mistaken for?

Epiglottitis, a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection, often masquerades as the more common and less severe viral illness croup.

Can croup cause long term problems?

Croup affects about 3% of children a year, usually between the ages of 6 months and 3 years, and 75% of infections are caused by parainfluenza virus. Symptoms usually resolve within 48 hours, but severe infection can, rarely, lead to respiratory failure and arrest.

Can you build up immunity to croup?

People do not become immune to the virus that causes croup. However, re-infection generally causes a less severe illness.

When do kids stop croup?

Most often, croup lasts 5 to 6 days and becomes worse at night. The croupy cough can last up to 2 weeks.