Herbal Supplements
  Home Health Ebooks Products Health A-Z Home Remedies Beauty For Men For Women
Join our Newsletter for FREE Health Tips!
Enter your email address:

Child Care
Acute Respiratory Infections
Bedwetting Remedies
Childhood Illnesses
Common Cold
Diet for Infants
Diet for Toddlers
Diet for Children
Ear Infections
German Measles
Infantile Eczema
Scarlet Fever
Throat Infections
Whooping Cough

Whooping Cough in Children

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis (or B. pertussis). Severe coughing spells accompanied by a "whooping" sound at the end of each spell is the main characteristics of this disease. It has mainly affected the infants below 6 months old and kids ranging from 11-18. The disease attacks this group because infants wouldn't be immunized before 6 months and 11-18 range kids have less immunity.

The first symptoms will be so much like common cold, with runny nose, mild cough etc. After 1 to 2 weeks, the dry cough slowly evolves as coughing spells. The child may turn purple or red during the 1 minute long coughing spell with "whooping" sound at the end. This whooping usually produces at the time of breathing in. You child may even vomit during this; however, he might be feeling good in between these spells.

Though whooping sound is characteristics of this illness, it may not always be true in everyone's case. Such as, infants could be an exception. They may just turn red while gasping for breath and even stop breathing for few seconds during some spells.

Pertussis is highly contagious. It mainly spreads through coughing, sneezing etc. Contact with even a drop of the cough could make you affected. Two weeks since the cough started is the most contagious period. However, use of antibiotics can shorten the contagious period.

There is a vaccine available for pertussis. DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis) immunization package has pertussis dose as well. Usually it is given before your child's 6th birthday, in 5 routine doses. As an additional safety, a booster dose is preferred when your kid becomes 11 or 12. This new immunization is called Tdap, and you can omit the usual Td booster routinely given at this age, in case you are going with Tdap. As with every other vaccine, special cases and exceptions are subjected to in this case also. Your physician would be the best person to advice on this.

Since it is highly contagious, dealing with the patient in close quarters could lead to infection. So it is recommended for all the family members to take a dose of antibiotics protection. The time between infection and the onset of symptoms, also known as incubation period, is about 10 days; nonetheless, it could go up to 21 days.

The duration of the pertussis could go up to even months. Starting with 1 to 2 weeks of common cold symptoms, then the coughing spells can last for weeks or months, finally, the recovery period may also take several weeks; making it a disease lasts for a longer while. So make sure that you don't miss the vaccines.

Call your doctor immediately, when you doubt that your child has pertussis. Antibiotics treatment will be given for 2 weeks, and it would be enough. Medication could be most effective in shortening the infection, when it is given before the coughing spell period.

At home, make sure that your child gets the prescribed amount of antibiotics dose at the right time. Allow him to take rest. Avoid the things which could accelerate the coughing spells, e.g. aerosol sprays, tobacco smoke, and smoke from cooking, fireplaces, and wood-burning stoves etc. Also, your kid may not eat enough, due to the frequent coughing, so make sure that he eats adequately. Also, encourage him to drink lots of fluids. Such care would be mostly enough at home.

 Read Related Articles

Acute Respiratory Infections in Children
Nutrition and Diet for Infants
Nutrition and Diet for Toddlers
Nutrition and Diet for Children

View Cart
Men Health
Anti Aging
Erectile Dysfunction
General Weakness
Hair Loss
HGH Releaser
Male Enhancement
Libido Enhancer
Multi Vitamins
Nocturnal Emission
Enlargement Pills
Premature Ejaculation
Prostate Problems
Semen Enhancer
Testosterone Booster
Weak Erection
Women Health
Breast Enlargement
Libido Enhancer
Hair Loss
Menopause Relief
Multi Vitamins
Vaginal Dryness
General Health
Bladder Control
Blood Pressure
Colon Cleanser
Genital Warts
Genital Herpes
Joint Supplement
Liver Detox
Nail Fungus
Pain Relief
Stop Smoking Aid
Yeast Infection
Acai Berry
Appetite Suppressant
Carb Blocker
Hoodia Pills
Muscle Building
Slimming Pills
Weight Loss
Acne (Pimple)
Anti Aging
Skin Brightener
Skin Exfoliator
Stretch Mark
Teeth Whitener
  Home Breast Products Pregnancy Weight Loss Natural Remedies Beauty For Men Women A-Z
Bodybuilding How to Articles Bowel Care Exercises
Homemade Remedies Beauty Tips Child Care Makeup Tips
Articles Dog Care Dental Care Natural Cures Blog
Advertise with Us About Us Directory Sitemap XML (1, 2 | 3 | 4 | 5)

Copyright © NaturalHealth-Supplements.com All Rights Reserved.

Disclaimer: The statements regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this website is only for education purpose. It is not intended to be substitute for informed medical advice or care.