Caused by the pathogen, Bordetella pertussis.
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes
- Mild fever
- Dry cough
After a week or two, symptoms get worse. A thick mucus aligns the throat and causes uncontrollable coughing. These coughing attacks may -
- Provoke vomiting
- Result in a red or blue face
- Cause extreme fatigue
- End with a high-pitched "whoop" sound during the next breath of air
There are two types of vaccines-
- DTaP is for children 7 and younger
- Tdap is for older children and adults
Also, vaccinations during pregnancy will help prevent whooping cough in your little one!