|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.
|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.
|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.)