I just wanted to make people aware that not only is it the season for croup, but it seems to be particularly bad and widespread at the moment and parents should be on the lookout for the symptoms.
I'm posting from my mobile so maybe someone can post details of the symptoms, but the most obvious is restricted air way and a strong cough like a bark from a seal, getting worse at night and if laying down.
It's usually caused by a viral infection on the upper air way, kind of like a baby version of laryngitis.
It's not normally all that bad and is usually a lot less severe than the barking cough makes it sound, but right now I'm sitting in temple street children's hospital with our 5 month old highly sedated in intensive care with a breathing tube keeping his Aire way open, hooked up to about a dozen machines, so it can potentially be a lot more severe than most people realise.
Thankfully, they say he's going to be fine, but I wanted to make people aware that it is going around and how bad it can get in extreme cases.
Look out for the symptoms and if in any doubt, get them checked at you GP right away.