We're having a very similar cough here. My 3 year old is the one with the cough though and at least so far no one else has it. She hasn't had any other cold symptoms but the cough has gotten progressively worse. My husband is convinced its Whooping cough. There isn't a whoop at the end though. Just 5 or 6 heavy, wet sounding coughs, in a row. It's been going on over a week now. Also we live in Marin County which seems to be a hotbed of pertussis here in CA. I frankly don't know what to do. She doesn't seem to be sick enough to warrant staying home or going to the doctor and everywhere I read says whooping cough usually starts with cold-like symptoms. On the other hand I don't want to spread whooping cough around, if that's what she has. It's made worse by the fact that we're down in socal visiting family, so I can't just take her to our doctor. And we're seeing like tons of friends and family everyday, but if we decided to just keep her away from people we'd have to just pack up and go home, it would really end the trip for us (which of course I would do if I knew she had WC, but since I can't tell, I don't know what to do).
Does anyone know if whooping cough can present without ever having any cold-like symptoms?
Jennifer, mama to darling dancing Juliette, and sweet baby Jameson