My 7-year-old daughter has had a lingering cough for about 3 weeks now. We're expecting a baby in February and decided to get the family pertussis shots since there have been cases in our community, we ride the bus, she goes to public school, etc.
She got the DTAP shot two weeks ago and we also had the doctor look at the cough... the doctor wasn't sure if it was whooping cough, asthma, or allergies, which seems like a big (and strange) range to me. She prescribed an inhaler that we never picked up, but we've since tried a humidifier. Her everyday activities don't seem affected... Claritin, Benadryl, homeopathic cough syrup, and the humidifier don't seem to have helped and she's still waking up every night with the cough, which seems kind of dry and hacking.
Anyone have any insight into the cough and what might help? She has a doctor's appointment tomorrow, but I'm not sure if we should keep it. Thanks for any help or advice!
Pertussis in healthy older children and adults can often look pretty mild, while still being dangerous to infants if transmitted. If it were me, I'd keep the appointment and ask the doc to test for pertussis.
Yep I was going to say the same as above. I am a peds nurse who works on a respiratory unit. I have supported many babies through pertussis. It's a simple nasal swab test with pretty fast results and so worth finding out. It is treated with antibiotics but the cough can linger for weeks because of the toxic effects of the bacteria even after they have been killed off.
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