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Whooping cough
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.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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