At first, your child may have typical cold symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose and fever. As his throat and voice box become more swollen, your child may have a raspy voice and then develop a harsh, barky cough. This cough is often worse at night or when your child is crying.
These signs and symptoms are common with croup:
- a loud cough that sounds like a barking seal
- a wheezing or grunting noise while breathing
- hoarse, raspy voice
- cold symptoms — runny or stuffy nose, fever, feeling tired