by Sophia Schwab
Symptoms and Treatments
Early(1 to 2 weeks):
- Runny nose
- mild fever
- sore throat
- Apnea- a pause in breathing for babies
- Paroxysms (fits)-of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched "whoop"
- exhaustion after coughing fits
1. Following the schedule for giving antibiotics exactly as your child's doctor prescribed.2. Keeping your home free from irritants that can trigger coughing
3. Using a clean, cool mist vaporizer to help loosen mucus and soothe the cough
4. Practicing good hand washing.
5. Encouraging your child to drink plenty of fluids
antibiotics include: zithromycin (Zithromax), erythromycin and clarithromycin (Biaxin).
Worldwide, it is estimated that there are 16 million pertussis (whooping cough) cases and about 195,000 pertussis deaths in children per year. Most deaths occur in young babies who are either unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated.
- Children need the vaccinations to be fully protected
- Unvaccinated children have a eight times higher risk than a child with the vaccine
- Immunity offered by the vaccine can wane over time
- People with pertussis are most infectious during the early stages