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Whooping cough / Pertussis presentation and treatment help please.
Not sure if I'm posting in the right area, but as a mostly non vaxxing family, I feel "at home" here so to speak. I wanted to ask if anyone has had experience with Pertussis in an infant or newborn. We had a friend visit us some 2 weeks ago and while she wasn't openly ill, she had a quick cough here and there (probably 2-3 "single" coughs in the few hours she was over). She mentioned everyone back at her place was ill, except her and that's why she came alone to visit. I was a little bit worried after I heard that.
Anyway, fast forward to about 8 days later.. 4w3d old DS has a stuffy nose.. stuffy enough to get boogers out and a few well spread out one off coughs here and there. Nothing major. That disappears for a few days... Today (5w2d old): I am feeding him... He suddenly makes a gasping sound and stops feeding, holds his breath and then cough, cough, cough, going a bit red and look of shock on DS's face continues, cough, hold breath again, vomit! It has happened three times today. On one of those times, he didn't vomit, he just kept trying to take that breath in and mucus was dribbling continuously out of his mouth. He is not coughing for longer than 10 seconds.... Now you probably know where I'm headed with this.. Could this be pertussis? I know there should be the characteristic whoop, but there isn't. And I'm sure the cough won't last 10 seconds or less. He also kind of holds his breath first instead of "holding his breath" in general simply because he can't stop coughing if you get what I mean. Whether it's out of shock or something else, I don't know.
Does anyone here have experience with pertussis in infants? And..
-Do you know of how it presents in infants?
-Would a PCR test come up positive at this stage?
-Is this the point where we start vitamin C? Based on his weight, it would be roughly 2g per 24 hours. Do I need to take it as well (I am breastfeeding)?
-Am I just panicking for nothing?
Thank you so much in advance.
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