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Is it normal for a child with the flu to sound croupy when coughing?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
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In brief: Possibly

The cough with the flu may taken on many forms.
Typically it is a dry, hacking cough. However influenza (as well as other viruses) may cause a distinctive "croupy" cough, that sounds like a dog or a seal barking. A croupy cough may sound like the child is having a hard time getting air into the lungs and can cause significant distress. Humidified air helps, but call a doctor for labored breathing.

In brief: Possibly

The cough with the flu may taken on many forms.
Typically it is a dry, hacking cough. However influenza (as well as other viruses) may cause a distinctive "croupy" cough, that sounds like a dog or a seal barking. A croupy cough may sound like the child is having a hard time getting air into the lungs and can cause significant distress. Humidified air helps, but call a doctor for labored breathing.
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