Whooping Cough Symptoms - What Every Parent Should Know
Do you know how to tell
if you or your child has whooping cough symptoms?
Whooping cough has a particular whooping sound to it which is quite difficult to describe and yet when you hear it you kind of think "of course".
In other words, when you hear whooping cough, you know it and you never forget what this terrible, exhausting and debilitating cough sounds like.
To make it easier, just play the video belowto hear a typical whooping cough in a young child.
If your child has a cough that sounds like this, then you should take into a physician for a full assessment.
If your child has a severe cough but this video does not quite depict it then take a look at the video on my croup page as you may find that is more like it.
When your child needs medical help
Some respiratory conditions, and whooping cough is not the only one, can lead to medical emergency situations and so it is important to recognize when this time has come. In many respects it is common sense and you should just trust your instincts.
If you feel there is something seriously wrong, even if you can't quite pinpoint it, then seek help. It's the physician's job to pinpoint
it. You don't have to !
Common sense aside, there are some signs that may be a part of whooping cough symptoms or some other condition that you should be aware of as they indicate the need for medical intervention.
Difficulty in breathing, even if it seems minimal as in young children things can progress quickly.
chest retraction and is a serious signs because it means that he is having to work harder than normal at taking his breaths.
Stridor: This is a harsh sounding noise heard when breathing in. It is sometimes described as a rasping wheeze.
Breathing that is
constantly noisy whether it is on breathing in or out or both.
Dehydration; If your child is not drinking enough or is losing fluids through sweating, vomiting or drooling then immediate help must be sought as this can also progress quickly in a young child.
Difficulty in swallowing own saliva or excess dribbling or spitting out of saliva.
He may have a fever.
lips during the coughing bouts.
Child is unable to lie down comfortably.
The child is lethargic and drowsy or difficult to awaken. He may even seem floppy.
A child who just looks completely sick. Again, trust your instincts.
Whooping cough is called pertussis in
medical terminology. It’s a contagious bacterial disease that’s caused by a germ called Bordetella pertussis (it’s the causative agent of whooping cough). Both adults and children can get it though it is usually mild in adults. The problem is that adults can pass it onto the children and here it may not be so
Because of the potential seriousness of this type of cough, it’s beneficial if you know what whooping cough symptoms consist of.
I remember that when I saw this in my practice, the symptoms of patients were usually mild, but only in the beginning. If left to develop further, the whooping cough symptoms can get really extreme until they turn into the severe coughing episodes that give this its name.
In fact, did you know that the high-pitched whooping sound is actually produced by people when they take in some air after their coughing fits? The coughing stage of whooping cough can last for a period of 6 weeks, at which point it will start to subside again.
In some countries of the world, whooping cough is referred to as the “100 days’ cough.”
Another reason that you should take whooping cough symptoms seriously is because they can sometimes lead to fatalities. Based on estimates, this
disease is known to currently impact around 49 million people each and every year. Out of these people, nearly 300,000 meet their deaths because their whooping cough was not addressed properly.
Whooping cough symptoms usually start innocently enough because they normally mimic the symptoms of the common cold. What are the classic symptoms of a cold, again?
Well, first, your nose will experience problems like either becoming runny or getting stuffy or blocked.
Then, a short time after that, it is a good chance that you will experience other symptoms of a cold, which usually include things such as a mild fever and general fatigue or tiredness.
This is where whooping cough symptoms clearly get tricky, since they are able to mimic the symptoms of a normal cold, which is not as serious as whooping cough. However,
the distinction between an ordinary cold and a real whooping cough is made when your symptoms begin progressing to the point that you do eventually develop a cough.
The Actual Cough
If you have watched the video above ,
then you will have both seen and heard a small child with whooping cough which is the easiest way for you to know what it is like.
Although you or your child's whooping cough symptoms probably started with ordinary cold symptoms it is not long before you realize that it is becoming something more than that. Basically, with whooping cough symptoms, your cough will only get worse and worse until you will be subject to extreme bouts of uncontrollable
This means that you usually will cough consistently for a period of time, and it will be quite difficult to regain your composure. Now, while this should be upsetting enough, the actual cough can even cause additional problems for the sufferer. Allow me to explain.
The cough that causes the distinctive “whooping” sound has been documented to cause a host of injuries in some people unlucky enough to experience it. It has been reported to cause all of the following:
Rib fractures (break in the bones of your rib cage).
Subconjunctival hemorrhage (bleeding that occurs underneath your conjunctiva, which is a covering of the white part of your eye).
Hernias (the protrusion of an organ).
Urinary incontinence (when you involuntarily leak urine).
Fainting after an episode of intense coughing.
Vertebral artery dissection (a tear within the vertebral artery’s inner lining).
As you can see, while whooping cough is troublesome enough on its own, it has the capacity to actually lead to additional concerns and in young children may in severe cases even lead to death.
One of the common whooping cough symptoms is that of vomiting after an extreme coughing bout. Vomiting after
coughing is yet another way that this disease is signaling to you that you should take it very seriously.
Again, it is recommended that you obtain medical help for you or your child if it seems to be needed. Refer to the list of symptoms above to know when to seek help but above all else, as I have already said, trust your
It is known that one of the whooping cough symptoms that is particularly alarming is that of apnea. This is where there are pauses in the natural rhythm of breathing. In other words,
breathing may stop for short periods of time.
The fear of course, is that breathing doesn't start again.
The conventional treatment for whooping cough usually includes antibiotics because antibiotics have the tendency of decreasing the length of time that this disease lasts and
of course they work on bacteria which are the root of this disease.
As you now know (if you didn't before), whooping cough is potentially a very serious issue, and it can even lead to death if it is not taken care of properly.
If you or your child has whooping cough symptoms, then by all means use
natural medicines to support him or her in dealing with it (the homoeopathic ones seem especially effective in these instances) but at the same time, it is vital that you do seek medical assistance especially in the case of a child.
If you just happened to come across this page as you were surfing the Internet looking for information on natural remedies for coughs then you may be interested in taking a look at my natural,herbal and
home remedies for coughs pages as well as some hot toddy recipes.
Disclaimer: In no way is any of the information in this website ever meant as a substitute for medical care from your qualified physican or other health care specialist. If you choose to follow any of the ideas given in this website, it is suggested that you do so only under the care and guidance and supervision of your physican.