I tell you what....croup sucks. Anytime your kids are sick is just no fun for anyone, but croup sounds so scary! Of course, now that we've experienced it, it's not quite as scary anymore. We have had miscellaneous viruses floating around our family for the last few months. With 4 adults, 3 kids (one of them school aged), 3 cats and 2 dogs living in one house, it's bound to happen. Especially since my parents travel for work so often. Well, one of those viruses happened to hit Little Man. Started with a cough and a stuffy nose. He was breathing fine, but his voice was hoarse. It was just like the last virus he had a month before. Then it turned into full blown gasping for breath at 11 pm, whooping sound. I swooped him up and took him straight to the ER. I was terrified that he caught whooping cough or RSV or some horrific thing. It turned out to be croup.
Now croup in itself is not a virus or anything that you can catch. It is actually the body's way of reacting to a virus. In adults, it is like laryngitis. In kids, their airways are so tiny that any inflammation leads to some really scary sounds.