She's been coughing for over a week, maybe two- no fever, but lots of coughing, a bit of a sore throat (from the coughing- no pain while swallowing). Once she coughed so much that she vomited a little. She's been tired and has had a slightly lower appetite than normal (but she just finished up midterms at school and hasn't been sleeping well- how to tell when fatigue is worse than "normal"?)
This evening, she had some big coughing fits, where she had trouble catching her breath while coughing. It suddenly occurred to me that she may have pertussis.
A few questions:
1) How do I keep the rest of us from getting sick?
2) Is there any point in taking her to the pediatrician? I don't want to expose babies to what she has, nor do I want her exposed to any new germs while her immunity is down, nor do I want to schlepp her out in the cold if it can be avoided. But if there's something the doctor can do that will actually help her, I'll take her in.
3) Speaking of schlepping her out, she wants to go to the mall on Sunday. Is this a bad idea? Should I keep her and her germs inside for a while to protect others?
4) How long should it take her to get better now that I've finally convinced her to take raw garlic,avoid sugar, take extra vitamins C and D, ginger tea, etc? Is there anything else I should make her do that I haven't thought of?