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  1. How to Know When Your Newborn Has Whooping Cough

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    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.

  2. Whooping Cough

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    Protect Your Child from Whooping Cough

    Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is caused by a bacterium, Bordetella pertussis. It is often diagnosed by a doctor, but can also be obvious to parents once they hear the “whooping” sound made when their child begins to cough. Small children are especially susceptible to whooping cough.  This is disease is also known more commonly as pertussis.

    Symptoms

    Whooping cough is so named for the loud whooping sound the child may make when they try to inhale to breathe. If not treated immediately, this loud, wet cough may lead to more serious breathing complications, pneumonia, or in some instances, death.

    Get vaccinated as soon as possible and Call Pediatric Partners as possible to schedule an appointment.

    One of the most obvious symptoms of whooping cough in toddlers and babies is a violent, uncontrollable cough, which often results in a coughing fit, making breathing difficult. Sometimes the baby’s cough is so violent that they may experience vomiting or even crack a rib. The cough may also be accompanied by cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose and low-grade fever.

    Because these fits are uncontrollable, it often results in the child having to take deep breaths when they can, resulting in a “whooping” sound.  Some children have a great deal of difficulty breathing when this occurs, and sometimes it causes vomiting and exhaustion.

    In babies, whooping cough can be especially deadly, as the baby may not cough, but suffer from a condition called “apnea,” in which normal breathing pauses.  Apnea is especially deadly because the baby stops breathing.  Even when breathing pauses, it can begin to cause brain damage, and this is detrimental to newborns who may not have fully developed physical systems.

    How to Protect Your Child from Whooping Cough

    The best way to protect your child from whooping cough is to have them vaccinated with the DTaP vaccine.  This is a Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis vaccine, and it helps vaccinated babies and children from all these maladies.

    As children grow into early adolescence and enter into their teen years, they may also need a pertussis booster, known as the Tdap. It is recommended that children get five doses of the DTaP vaccine, and a pediatrician can help with this scheduling.

    Treatment

    The best treatment for whooping cough is a round of antibiotics. Your child will have to take the entire scheduled round until the infection is cleared from their system.

    Making sure the home is free of dust, smoke and other irritants is one of the most effective ways to prevent have coughing fits. A vaporizer may help keep bronchial and nasal passages lubricated. Parents should try to keep plenty of fluids on hand, such as water or juice to avoid dehydration.

    Sometimes antibiotics can cause stomach irritation, so light foods are best. Children should be encouraged to eat small, light meals or consume soups.  If the child’s condition seems to get worse, contact a Pediatric Partners immediately.

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