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My son has "whooping" noise when coughing. Up to date on DTap. I feel sick too. I Had pertussis shot 4 years ago. Should I be concerned for me?

My son has "whooping" noise when coughing. Up to date on DTap. I feel sick too. I Had pertussis shot 4 years ago. Should I be concerned for me?

Coughs : Time to see your doctor!! Whooping cough is possible even with immunizations. Figuring out what the whoop is caused by will require some one to listen to the lungs. Whooping cough has the whoop during inspiration. Croup can also whoop on inspiration and also on expiration. The whoop suggests significant narrowing of the airway and needs to be evaluated soon and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Croup (Definition)

Croup is a description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial tracheitis or spasmodic croup. Common symptoms are: cough, inspiratory stridor, hoarseness, barking cough, sore ...Read more

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What would the pertussis symptoms be in a vaccinated 7 month old be? My son is teething and has a slight cold, no fever but had been exposed to famili

What would the pertussis symptoms be in a vaccinated 7 month old be? My son is teething and has a slight cold, no fever but had been exposed to famili

Cough: Pertussis is "whooping cough". A disease caused by infection w bordetella pertussis and the symptom that stands out is the intense paroxysm of cough followed by a inspiratory whoop. If your son was vaccinated he may have a milder case that will sound more like croup. It is probably a good idea to see ur peds doc. If your son is not vaccinated call your peds asap and get him examined + tested. ...Read more

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Treating Croup (Checklist)

Use a humidifier in your child's bedroom
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Sit in the bathroom with the hot shower on
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Prop your child's head up while sleeping
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Sleep in the same room as your child to ensure child is ok
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Should i go to work when I have pertussis?

Should i go to work when I have pertussis?

After....: Currently you may return if you have completed a course of the appropriate antibiotic, usually a macrolide. Some experts believe your are no longer contagious after 3 weeks of illness. But check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Treating Croup (Checklist)

Don't panic!
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Take child into steamy bathroom
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Bundle up and take child into cold air
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Call your doctor
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Was tested positive for pertussis. Is baby at risk?

Was tested positive for pertussis. Is baby at risk?

Depends: If you were found to have antibodies in your blood against pertussis, you have been immunized like most people or recovered from the disease. If your cough was found to be due to pertussis, then baby, if unimmunized, may be given antibiotics prophylactically. Congratulations on being a parent -- awsome joys and awesome responsibility. ...Read more

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Where did pertussis come from ?

Where did pertussis come from
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Whooping cough: Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacteria called bordetella pertussis. It causes heavy, uncontrollable coughing that sound like barking. It is on the rise, therefore immunization against it is now recommended. Most of us have been immunized against it during our early years of life through the tdap tetanus vaccine and now booster is recommended for unimmunized. ...Read more

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Treating Croup (Checklist)

Put on warm clothes and go outside or carry into steamy shower
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Give expectorant
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If severe, see Pediatrician for short course of oral steroids.
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RELAX...sounds worse than it is
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What is pertussis?

Whooping Cough: The medical term for whooping cough. An infection that is defined by a unique cough that may sound like a "whoop". It starts as a simple cold like illness progressing over 2-3 weeks to a serious painful cough, with emesis and trouble catching breath.Lasts 100days or so despite any therapy.Can be deadly in infants and toddlers.Preventable by immunizations. ...Read more

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Pertussus (Definition)

Pertussus is also known as Whooping cough. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more

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