Croup Cough Diagnosis, Causes and More

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2. Is It Whooping Cough?

Whooping cough is a common childhood infection, and some people use the terms "croup" and "whooping cough" interchangeably. However, the two illnesses are different, and whooping cough is far more serious.

Both cause frequent coughing, but whooping cough also tends to include a distinctive whoop sound as the child gasps for air. A doctor can help distinguish whooping cough from severe croup. While there is no vaccine for croup, the DTAP vaccine can protect children from the pertussis bacteria that causes whooping cough.3‘Colds, Coughs, and Whooping Cough.’ Integricare,


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