Symptoms of croup vs. Pneumonia in a preschooler; what are the differences?

Sveral. Croup is an infectious (usually viral) narrowing of the upper airway. Usually sounds like a dog barking. Pneumonia is an infection of the actual lung tissue. Usually presents with fever, persistant cough, chest pain; rapid, short breaths; vomiting- especially as a result of vomiting can also occur.

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Symptoms of croup vs. Pneumonia in a preschooler; what are the differences?

Basic features. Croup involves a weakened/inflamed area of the voice box below the vocal cords which produces a 'seal bark' cough when they try to expel mucus. Temperature is variable but usually not very high. Pneumonia produces rapid breathing & simple cough. Fever is often quite high. Both are worrisome and may be complicated. Read more...