A croupy cough is a tight barking (like a seal) sounding cough. The voice or cry is hoarse usually and sometimes there is a fever and congestion. If you think your child has croup, they should be seen in the office. If there is struggling to breathe or grunting the child should be evaluated by a doctor immediately. Things that can be done at home are the warm steamy shower/fogged bathroom, or inhale cold air in front of an open freezer. Increasing fluids is also important.