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Croup Definition & Overview


Croup is inflammation or infection of the voice box and windpipe. The inflammation causes tissue in the respiratory tract to swell, so a child must work harder for air to reach the lungs. Croup occurs in young children. As children grow older, the air passages widen, so swelling enough to block breathing is less likely in older children.

Upper Respiratory System in a Child

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