A harsh cough, if it comes during an attack, it is relatively more severe than an ordinary cough, because it means that the phlegm has become very difficult to bring up. In the past, before the days of antibiotics, it was seen a s a good sign when the cough broke and became more productive. In chronic cough, croup is a sign of lingering pathogenic factor often from whooping cough immunization, pertussin. Croup can be a scary thing for both child and parents the cough is loud and barking and child becomes scared easily. Fortunately it responds quickly to homeopathy and Chinese herbal medicine, in an acute case of the croup bring child into bathroom turn on shower to steam the room, hold child in arms until they settle down.