Whooping cough (or Pertussis, the medical term) is caused by a bacterial infection of the respiratory system. Early symptoms mimic the common cold, but severe coughing spells and raspy breathing that makes a “whooping” sound is the most tell tale symptom.
Whooping cough was once responsible for the deaths of approximately 10,000 children each year. Luckily, today a vaccine is available and children can be immunized starting at 2 months of age and continue until the child is about 5 or 6 years old. However, older children and teens can be at risk if their immunizations fade.
Here are eight signs that your child may have whooping cough…
1. Cold-Like Symptoms
The earliest sign of whooping cough begins approximately 10 days following contamination with typical cold-like symptoms—including sneezing, watery eyes, fatigue, muscle stiffness, and loss of appetite.
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