Hi. My 11 month old has had a wet junky cough now for about 11 days, and within the last 2 days he has acquired an extremely congested nose. We took him to his pedi today so they could listen to his lungs, and even though they said his lungs are all clear, they still sent us to the lab to get him a nasal swab to test for pertussis.
They say if it comes back positive, they will want all of us on Zithromax to prevent the spread. The doc said it doesn't stop the illness, but prevents the spread of the illness???
I am so nervous for my children. I don't want to rip up their little guts with antibiotics, but of course I don't want to spread this either.
Anyone know when you are most contagous with pertussis and if treating the whole family with antibiotics is truly the best course of action?
Also, is the swab 100% accurate?
Thanks in advance!