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CHILD’S HEALTH/INFECTIOUS DISEASES: WHOOPING COUGH (PERTUSIS)TREATMENT AND PREVENTION

by admin - May 21st, 2009.
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There is no specific treatment for whooping cough, but if the cough is severe and causes breathing difficulties, your doctor may recommend that your child be admitted to hospital for close nursing care. Coughing bouts can be quite frightening, both for the child and the parent. Keep your child in a warm room. A humidifier or steam from a kettle can help to loosen the cough. Make sure your child does not get too close to the kettle, or else he can get scalded. Keep your child as quiet as possible, to lessen the chances of triggering off a coughing spell. While your child is coughing make sure that you sit him up in case he womits; this will prevent him from inhaling any vomit. Stay near him or hold him on your lap while he is coughing, to calm him down and reassure him. Make sure your child is getting plenty of fluids, and offer easily digestible small meals frequently.

When to see your doctor

• if your child has a cough that lasts for more than 3-4 days;

• if your child has any of the symptoms described above;

• if your child has a prolonged fever together with the cough;

• if in addition your child complains of a sore ear;

• if your child already has whooping cough and is losing weight or looks dehydrated

Prevention

Immunisation against whooping cough is effective in preventing the disease and has also dramatically reduced its severity. Make sure your child is fully immunised.

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