What is it?
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection that spreads easily from one person to another. The disease begins with a cold and a mild cough. But after this, the typical coughing bouts set in, with a painful-sounding bout of coughing, followed by a high-pitched wheeze. These coughing fits can hit up to 40 times a day.What to do
If your child is vaccinated, there is much less chance he will develop the disaease. Babies younger than 6 months who catch the disease are likely to need care in a hospital, or even a pediatric ICU.
Several of the medicines used in asthma are often used to help control the cough, and an antibiotic will be given.
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