Whooping Cough (pertussis)
How does whooping cough differ from a normal cough
This disease attacks in an innocuous
manner. The incubation period is about 5 to 14 days. Your child will display
symptoms like a runny nose, a cough and a slight temperature. This can
go on for as long as two weeks. Your child will have severe paroxysms of
coughing and may find it difficult to breathe. This is how the disease
gets its name as this is when the typical "whoop" occurs.
What is the prevention and treatment of this illness
This disease can be particularly dangerous for children under a year old. Therefore, it is important that your child be inoculated between 3 to 6 months. In rare cases, there is a possibility that bronchitis and pneumonia may develop.
If your child displays the above
symptoms, call the doctor immediately. He will probably prescribe antibiotics,
which if administered early enough can prevent the development of chest
infections. He will also teach you how to tap your child's chest to loosen
the phlegm that is accumulating there. Do your best to calm your child
when she is coughing. If she is tense, she will find it difficult to breathe.
Raise your child's head to make breathing easier. It may help to give your
child small amounts of mashed food between coughing fits.
To add your views on
this article or read others comments Click Here