Originally Posted by phathui5
We homeschool, so school isn't an issue.
mamafish9, I'm calling our doctor today. I think I'm going to ask them about testing for pertussis.
*Most* docs don't test for whooping cough, they just diagnose it by symptoms (and without a whoop, many docs won't call it whooping cough, even though 50%+ of kids with whooping cough over 1 year old don't whoop). Also, in many states, they are required to report whooping cough to public health as an infectious disease, so decide whether you want to set that ball in motion (we just had whooping cough, and decided not to go that route).
There is no medical treatment for whooping cough, although they will want to put your child on antibiotics. What this does is (after a 5 day dose) make your child no longer infectious. However, they're normally not infectious 2 weeks after the cough starts anyhow (again, something most docs aren't informed on). And antibiotics lengthen the duration of whooping cough (I have a linky around here to the study showing that, can't find it right now). Antibiotics can help if you were exposed, to decrease the severity of what you catch, but you have to take them early.
The biggest danger of whooping cough is exposing a small child/infant, so you'd want to be very cautious around newborns, obviously, working as a doula.
For your son's cough, homeopathics may help (did with both my kids, different remedies for each), pick the remedy off this page that sounds like the best fit and try that.http://health.hpathy.com/whooping-co...tment-cure.asp