I'm looking for some guidance while I'm still in my "wait and see and do my own research stage" in assessing my son. It seems like he's been sick all spring, and this is a kid who never got a lick of illness until age 2. What's been going on lately is a cough that started with a short-lived fever about two and a half weeks ago. The cough is mainly at night when he lays down, and after he's been active. I have noticed no shortness of breath or wheezing, it just keeps him up sometimes at night. The fever was the shortest he's had, maybe 4 hours, and then today, the fever is back.
The cough seems dry, like he has a tickle at the back of his throat. It's not mucousy or "productive" and he doesn't complain of a sore throat. He's had a runny nose as well and it didn't appear yellow.
I never take my kinds in to the doc as we can treat everything at home, but reading some other posts on whooping cough made me start to wonder if he could have it. I'm thinking about getting him in tomorrow. We haven't vaccinated him so I realized he could get it... I want to take the right precautions if he does have it (and not say a WORD to my fearful MIL LOL!!). My 1yo would be at risk for it too in addition to all the kids he's been around in the last two weeks (including a couple newborns).
Anyway, someone said you may not get the whoopy sounding cough but have WC...any others with that experience? I started to wonder if it was asthma but the fever returning today has me wondering. I know it could also be walking pneumonia, and he doesn't have any signs of bacterial pneumonia.
ETA: after reading Dr Sears description of pertussis, it doesn't sound like it...he doesn't get fits of coughing by any means, it's more infrequent than that (but regular/daily). I'm lost!!
Edited by CookAMH - 6/3/12 at 7:21pm