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symptoms of whooping cough

i've read about it but i would like to talk to someone whose child has actually had it to know how they acted

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karliesmom0506

Asked by karliesmom0506 at 9:06 PM on Nov. 20, 2008 in Health

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  • I hope this is out of curiosity!
    If you suspect your child has this, go to the doctor tomorrow! This is contagious and dangerous! Until then, keep her away from all elderly people and anyone you know has not been vaccinated.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 9:07 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • We had a friend who refused to vac her dd and she got whooping cough and its very serious. If you suspect it at all and she isnt vaccinated Id take her to the ER. My friends daughter died FYI. Dont mess around with it take the baby into the ER. better safe then sorry!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:11 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • BTW I said her bc Im thinking of the little girl who passed from it. Sorry didnt realize that until after I typed it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:11 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • The first few weeks of whooping cought seem like a bad cold with mild fever and occasional fits of coughing. The cough then becomes more intense..and then the child wakes at night with spasms.

    The actual cough is far worse for parents than the child. Just dont panic!

    The two biggest problems are sleeplessness for parents and malnutrition for the child. The key to coping is to feed the child STRAIGHT after they have just puked.

    Avoid foods with crumbs they irritate the throat. A little food after each spasm will help keep calories up. Make sure child sits up fotr every cough.

    Spasms occur every half hour to begin with then less freqwuenr. They can go on from 6 weeks to 6 months.

    keyaziz

    Answer by keyaziz at 9:50 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Antibiotics make NO difference if cough has set in.

    A child with this is far more vulnerable to ear infections., bronchitis from a chill.

    Plenty of rest..a child wont want to move anyway - they will not like movement of air.

    Even when you think its subsided keep your child in for a few more weeks.
    keyaziz

    Answer by keyaziz at 9:50 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Keyaziz, are you speaking from experience or did you find this somewhere? I would like to read more if so.
    SusieD250

    Answer by SusieD250 at 10:33 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • people can die from whopping cough..hmmm...good to know...maybe people should realize this when they decide not to vaccinate their kids against it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:07 AM on Nov. 21, 2008

  • Anonymous you really need to read and learn more instead of making assumptions.

    Vaccination only works for a short period of time - basically delaying the chances of getting the illness.

    Not everyone will get an illness when there is an outbreak but whether you are vaccinated or not does not mean anything. But its ok - continue to be ignorant to that fact. If you dont want to be I can recommend you some good books to read.
    keyaziz

    Answer by keyaziz at 12:55 PM on Nov. 21, 2008

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