We are in the thick of whooping cough in our family. All 12 children have it/have had it recently, in varying degrees. The oldest seem to be getting over it and the youngest, who have it more severe, are in the thick of it now. It started with a mild cold, whooping cough never crossed my mind until the cold subsided, and after a few days of rest, the cough set in. Over last weekend it became apparent, with the horrible coughing fits. Some of the children whoop, some don't. We began mega dosing with sodium ascorbate last Saturday. The youngest is only 9 weeks old. She was not showing any symptoms last weekend besides a bit of a sniffle. I took her to the ped on Monday and she just finished up a 5 day round of abx yesterday. (I have no regrets with the abx. out of 12 children over 17 years, this is only the 3rd time I've ever used antibiotics!) The ped was really laid back about it, saying "she's not going to die from it, even if she doesn't take the antibiotics." He was not too keen on the SA, so we didn't discuss that much.
So, she has been on SA for over a week now, and a round of abx. Her cough as gotten progressively worse over the week. Not too bad, and until last night, it wasn't what I would call 'whooping cough episodes'. Now her cough resembles the wc more. I'm praying it doesn't esscalate like the other children did. We are using SA every day, three to four times a day until bowel tolerance.
Anyone care to share their experience with whooping cough in their young baby? What should I look out for? How do I determine when/if I need to take her in? She is exclusively breastfed, and all children are unvaxed. Thanks for any info you have to offer. (I did read back threads here.) Thanks!