I'm worried that my 2 year old son may have pertussis. He IS vaccinated. I'm currently waiting for a nurse to call me back, but I'm a bit wary of any advice she may give. My main concern is that if it is pertussis, I have a two month old baby girl who could catch it. I've been reading and am going to order some good quality SA, I read about holding little one's bellies to help them cough, but I haven't seen any anecdotal stories of really young babies having pertussis (aside from one nightmare clip from some terrible TV show where a 1 month old died from catching it from his mother - shouldn't have watched that). Are there different symptoms I should watch for in the little one?
The reason I'm concerned about my 2 year old is because his cough just doesn't sound like a normal cough to me. It's not really productive, but still kind of raspy sounding. He's only made a "whoop" sound a few times, but that could just be the result of a particularly bad "normal" coughing spell couldn't it? My oldest son had croup once around this age, but I honestly don't think this is what it sounded like. Aside from that, his sypmtoms have been a fever that started on Saturday afternoon along with a little nasal congestion and general cold symptoms (he literally went down for his nap seeming fine aside from the fact that he fell asleep really quickly, and woke up sick). The last time he felt feverish was early Monday morning. The cough started on Sunday and he still has a runny nose. He's in good spirits and almost as active as normal. The cough doesn't seem to slow him down. It seems like a bad cold, other than the fact that the cough just doesn't sound like any cough my children have ever had before. In all fairness I don't have a ton of experience because my kids rarely get sick! I honestly probably wouldn't be too worried about this at all if we didn't have the wee one. When she was born the nurses and doctors at the hospital made a big deal about me getting a pertussis booster (which I didn't get) because of recent pertussis outbreaks in the area. I think they just left me feeling frightened.