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Whooping Cough

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
The whooping cough has been showing up in our area, Quad Cities. I am just curious if this has been seen in any other area's? My 11 month old son is not vaccinated, should I take any precautions regarding this, any thoughts?

Megan

SAHM to
landon 10-23-02
post #2 of 9
ljpmom:

go to the resources thread at the top of this forum and you will see a topic by hilary and amnesiac that discusses ways to boost the immune system.

one other thought..

if you go onto the next page you will see a thread I started called state by state...

in the iowa section is a link to Iowa's epidemology state department.

the oddest thing..when I was poking around there I saw some posting that Iowa was number two in percentages of immunized children. Only one state was higher... but at the same time their pertussis rates had grown.
so, if they are getting more and more immuinized why the higher number of cases... I kind of felt like they were getting it both ways..which doesn't seem fair.

one last thought... For much of this country August is the highest month for pertussis. So, you may be past the hump if that helps.. but poke around on the web you'll probalby find more.

good luck
post #3 of 9

Precautions for whooping cough..

...if you're not breastfeeding, try to jumpstart the system.

Breastmilk is THE GREAT PROTECTOR of babies.

Read the last post of "Great Book Alert"



No more human sacrifice!


Ray
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am exclusively breastfeeding my son. He has never had formula and really won't eat any solids except a cracker here and there.

Megan

SAHM to
Landon 10-23-02
post #5 of 9

whooping cough in my family

We are whooping cough survivors.

2 yrs ago July (when ds was 10, dds were 13 and 15), we caught it from my teen niece who visited for a month. She slept with dd 13.

She was not that sick. In fact in the month she visited, I didn't realize she had it.

She had caught it from her niece, 2 yrs old, who was non-vaxed and non-bfed. (Her mom had untreated thyroid issues and didn't lactate.)

A brother of theirs, age abt 20, also got it. He also did not get very sick.

At Labor Day we were all together with the rest of dh's family, abt 35 of us. My dds got symptoms then. 2 yo niece was coughing a lot. 13 yo neice and nephew were not sick.

None of our other relatives got it. My ds got it a week after my dds. I got it abt 3 weeks after. I did not catch it from niece, but from my own kids. My dh did not catch it from any of us, ever. And I sleep beside him.

It seems pretty hard to catch, IME, unless you have repeated intimate contact.

We went to the homeopath and some of us tested positive, some didn't, but we all had the same symptoms. She gave us each a different remedy, but they did not do anything for us.

Dd#1 had had DPT schedule until age 5. Dd#2 and ds had no pertussis vaxes. I hadn't had any pertussis vaxes in my memory. We were all pretty much the same sick.

None of our other (non-vaxing) friends got it from us.
post #6 of 9

Just out of curiosity, DaryLLL..

...was the coughing, in general, as bad as "they" say it is?

From the propaganda, kids turn blue in the face, can't catch their breath, vomit after coughing, can't sleep at night because of the coughing.

Also, LLL to me means La Leche League. Were your children breastfed? I'm curious because it doesn't sound like the Pertussis was that bad. And though it would of course be anecdotal evidence, this would be evidence to me of their enhanced immune systems.

My son's encounter with the "Big Bad Boogie Bug" of Measles was a cakewalk because we fueled his little immune system (18 months) with all that he needed to fight it. He barely got a rash, it stayed on his chest and back, never got to his face and limbs. It was very light, and lasted only about a day and a half (my apologies to those for whom this is the 42nd telling of the story--I try to keep it brief (LOL).


Procreate, Lactate, Disseminate!

Ray
post #7 of 9
Quote:
From the propaganda, kids turn blue in the face, can't catch their breath, vomit after coughing, can't sleep at night because of the coughing.
While Kailey didn't vomit after coughing spells it was pretty bad. The worst was the second night and after the third the cough kept deminishing until it was completely gone 2 weeks later.

We just kept her full of fluids, played in a steamed up bathroom when the coughs got bad and nursed frequently.

Our bout with ando virus was much more tramatizing.
post #8 of 9

Re: Just out of curiosity, DaryLLL..

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Originally posted by goodpapa
[B]...was the coughing, in general, as bad as "they" say it is?

From the propaganda, kids turn blue in the face, can't catch their breath, vomit after coughing, can't sleep at night because of the coughing.
It was bad, but in our kids, and myself, not as bad as that. Coughing would be tiring, abt once an hour you'd get a coughing fit. With the whoops. We had recurrent coughing for the usual 3 mos.

My poor non-bfed 2 yo grand-neice tho, she would have a hard time. Whereas we would whoop between coughs, she would make this k-k-k-k-k choking sound. And she did not turn blue. But she did vomit a little phlegm sometimes. When I was with them I saw how my niece would help her. Toddler would stand between mom's knees facing out, and she would support her, with a paper towel held under her chin. There was a bad 3 week period there, where she and her mom didn't get much sleep. But in between coughs, she would be fine, playing and acting normally. Ate and drank normally.

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Were your children breastfed? I'm curious because it doesn't sound like the Pertussis was that bad. And though it would of course be anecdotal evidence, this would be evidence to me of their enhanced immune systems.
Yes, they were, and so were my teen niece and 20 yr old nephew. But dd#1 was vaxed til 5 yrs old (but back then, there weren't as many required), dd#2 had DT and polio only, til abt age 3, ds had no vaxes. Ds got better the quickest.

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My son's encounter with the "Big Bad Boogie Bug" of Measles was a cakewalk because we fueled his little immune system (18 months) with all that he needed to fight it. He barely got a rash, it stayed on his chest and back, never got to his face and limbs. It was very light, and lasted only about a day and a half (my apologies to those for whom this is the 42nd telling of the story--I try to keep it brief (LOL).
Back when they were little, dd#1 and dd#2 both got chicken pox at the same time. Dd#2 was about 1 yr and nursing, dd#1 was no longer nursing, she was 3-4 yrs. She got very sick, fever, big dime sized pox. Did not sleep for 24 hours straight. Dd#2 was fine, abt a dozen tiny pox, no fever. Later, ds got chicken pox too, while nursing, with the same easy case.

They have never had mumps or measles or rubella. (I had em tho when young.)

HTH, DaryLLL
post #9 of 9
Just wanted to add, dd#1 had the least bfing (2 1/2 yrs) and the most vaxes. Dd#2 had 3 1/2 yrs of bfing and less vaxes. Ds had 4 1/2 yrs of bfing and no vaxes. Yes, their mom is a slow learner.

Ds was never sick for more than 24 hours until he was 8 yrs old. Until then, maybe sick once a yr or less. He would just spike a fever, refuse Tylenol if I offered, and get over it. No ear infections. Both girls had several ear infections in the first 18 mos or so.
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