How to Know When Your Newborn Has Whooping CoughLeave a Comment
It is important for parents and doctors alike to keep a close eye out for whooping cough symptoms in newborns and infants. Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is named for the high-pitched sound of sharp inhales from victims of the disease; however, the “whooping” noise is not usually made by infants. Therefore, the symptoms can sometimes be difficult to recognize, and failure to do so can result in some serious repercussions. Thankfully, if on alert, they are noticeable and treatable. These are some telltale signs and symptoms to be aware of when identifying whooping cough:
- The whooping cough often begins with common cold or flu symptoms, such as runny nose, sneezing, a mild fever, and a mild cough. There is no need to panic each time your child gets a cold, but it is important to pay close attention.
- After a week or two, if the coughing persists and turns into longer, dry coughing fits, that is a strong indication of whooping cough.
- For infants under six months, it can be common for them not to cough at all, but instead gag or gasp for air. This may result in vomiting or turning purple from respiratory distress. Also, the lips and fingertips often become blue-ish.
- A pause in the baby’s breathing, or short intakes of breath, is called apnea and warrants immediate physician or hospital care.
- Exhaustion is another symptom, which contributes to the infant’s susceptibility to other infections, pneumonia, and seizures. Be sure that your child sleeps often and is in a constant state of rest throughout their illness to help prevent these possibilities.
Recognizing whooping cough symptoms in newborns is critically important. Whooping cough is most dangerous in infants, for it can have very serious consequences, is harder to diagnose, and requires immediate treatment. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it is best to immediately seek hospital care to place them on a safe road to recovery.
Calling for any kind of assistance is never discouraged at Pediatric Partners. For a deeper, medical description of whooping cough, information on prevention and treatment, or diagnosing assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
To see a video of an infant with whooping cough, look here.