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I think my 5 month old has whooping cough. I am freaking out a bit. I don't know what to do, if I take her to the pediatrcian they will prescribe antibiotics, are there any downsides to this?  I mean I know there are but remind me again.  She is ebf.


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What makes you think it's pertussis? Croup is very common in children this age, as are a variety of other bugs that can cause coughing, sometimes pretty lousy coughing.

Most of the time I home-treat bugs, unless it lasts a while or there are other signs of something going on (fever, etc.). If your mom-o-meter is pinging to the point that you're freaking out, I'd recommend going to the doctor to get a real diagnosis for starters. If your ped's office or insurance company has a nurse line, you can call them first to confirm if you should go in.

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I youtubed whooping cough and it sounds similar to her cough. Hers is not as severe as what those children have. The reason I am freaking out is because I know so little about it. Baby herself does not even seem really sick, just occasional coughing fits. I think if I knew more about it I would feel a lot better. Then again as you stated I could be way off the mark. I have not ruled out croup.


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it really could be anything..from asthma to allergies...if you live in a climate where trees are shedding leaves, dust could be a factor, or crops being harvested is another consideration. Try to keep the air moist and keep ebf!! thats the best defense against illness at this age.  I'd also try a steamy bathroom when the coughing starts and see if that helps. 

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If it sounds a bit like what you heard on youtube, my advice would be get your child to a physician today.  The little bit of coughing could get a whole lot worse quickly.  Whooping cough can turn fatal.  At minimum, please at least do what a PP said and call to describe the symptoms.

 

I understand the reluctance to use abx, but if she has WC, she will need them.  If you go to the dr. and that is not what she has, nothing lost (except a co-pay or whatever you have to do).

 

Since I am not a medical professional, I wouldn't be able to rule/rule out croup vs. WC.  You may have a lot more knowledge in this area than I.


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If it is whooping cough, and depending on how long she has had it, antibiotics may not help her at all (and may hurt her by killing beneficial bacteria in her gut). The pertussis toxin which is produced by the bacteria, and the damaged cilia, are what cause the cough. By the time a person with pertussis has had a bad cough for a few weeks, the bacteria are no longer causing the problem. It is the remaining toxin and already damaged cilia that are causing the problem. Antibiotics can't kill the toxin, and can't repair the cilia. High doses of sodium ascorbate can.

 

I saw your question originally posted on the vaccinations board. Most mothers who don't vaccinate know about sodium ascorbate for pertussis. But everybody should know about it, since vaccinated people often get pertussis, as well.

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If it is whooping cough, and depending on how long she has had it, antibiotics may not help her at all (and may hurt her by killing beneficial bacteria in her gut). The pertussis toxin which is produced by the bacteria, and the damaged cilia, are what cause the cough. By the time a person with pertussis has had a bad cough for a few weeks, the bacteria are no longer causing the problem. It is the remaining toxin and already damaged cilia that are causing the problem. Antibiotics can't kill the toxin, and can't repair the cilia. High doses of sodium ascorbate can.

 

I saw your question originally posted on the vaccinations board. Most mothers who don't vaccinate know about sodium ascorbate for pertussis. But everybody should know about it, since vaccinated people often get pertussis, as well.

 

 

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