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Has anyone had children diagnosed with Whooping Cough

My children tested positive for Pertussis last month (even though immunized). Treatment is finished but two of the children continue to have episodes of paroxymal coughing and vomitting. The doctor says these symptoms can last for months but did not offer any advice on how to cope until they are resolved. Has anyone have any experience or words of wisdom regarding Whooping Cough?

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Asked by trichelle03 at 5:03 PM on Jul. 6, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • What i have read in regards to pertussis is that there isnt much you can do for the cough. How old are your children? And how do you think they got the pertussis if they were vaccinated?

    Answer by outstandingLove at 5:05 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • I don't think there is anything you can do to make it better... things like cough medicine and things like that don't help.
    It will just get better with time.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 8:04 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • I actually had Pertussis as an adult (atypical pertussis) and it did take a long time for the coughing to stop (about 3 months), which was no fun at all. Some things that helped me to feel a bit better were sleeping upright, staying well hydrated and getting enough rest. Avoiding cold air, very humid air and/or very dry air were important to keep my lungs from getting irritated & triggering coughing episodes.

    Hope this helps and that your children feel better soon!

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 10:46 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • Vitamin C is great for WC. Also, the pertussis vaccine (just like any vaccine) does not give 100% immunity. It just lessens the effects of pertussis for most.

    Answer by DreaKevAiyana at 11:27 PM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • The vaccine is only about 70% effective after getting the full round (4 shots) so that means nothing. Pertussis in children over about 1 year old is really not that serious unless there is some other medical condition with it. As for the coughing it usually lasts 6-9 weeks, but can be up to 4 months. Stay well hydrated, humid air or dry air depending on the person will help lessen the coughing. Extra vitamin C and A will help the body get rid of it faster too. If you are lactating breast milk for all of them (in cups for older ones) will help too since you should be producing immunities with the disease all around you.

    Answer by aeneva at 9:06 AM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Vaccines aren't the answer. :) This goes to show you! Aeneva has great advice.

    Answer by Autumn22 at 5:26 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • If they are past 2, make a syrup with honey and cayenne pepper (anti-bacterial)

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:15 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Try using a vaporizer when your child is sleeping, elevated the head or let sleep in a recliner or propped on the couch. There isn't much you can do for the cough, it just has to work it's way out of her system.

    BTW-- NO vaccine prevents a disease 100%, the vaccines help prevent the disease and lessen the affects of the disease.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:19 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • My son 7 week old son was diagnosed with it and killed him at 11 weeks of age on August 22, 2009. He wasn't old enough to be even able to get the vaccination.The doctors didn't tell us anything on how to deal with the coughing. The rest of our family had antibiotics and didn't catch it.

    Answer by zackaroosmom at 4:47 PM on Aug. 28, 2009

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