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Anyone's kids ever have this? I'm worried about my 2 yr old who seems have some symptoms and my 4 month old who is starting to show early signs too. (neither is vaxed) (I've already listened to the coughing tracks online to hear what it sounds and read the websites) If you have any experience, could you please share? Sypmtoms, length of illness, treatment?<br><br>
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I don't know alot about this from personal experience, but I would really reccommend the book <i>How to raise a healthy child in spite of your doctor</i> by Robert Mendelsohn M.D. Also, I would think anything you could do to boost the immune system would help them to fight this bug. Hope they have a speedy recovery.
 

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There are some really useful posts on this in the Vaccination Archives.<br><br>
At least a couple of mothers here have had to deal with this. Very high doses of Sodium Ascorbate were the main thing. That is Vitamin C, but it is <i>NOT Calcium Ascorbate!</i><br><br>
Go check the Vax Archive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I would really recommend seeing the doc, especially for the 4-month old. Whooping cough is a really horrible illness and can go on for a couple of months. The coughing is so hard, you can break ribs and it can be very hard to breath during a coughing spurt. I think your littlest one in particular needs close medical attention and possibly antibiotics if it is indeed whooping cough.<br><br>
It's also super contagious so you want to make sure they don't pass it on, especially to other unvaxed babies.
 

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<b>Antibiotics Makes Pertussis Worse</b><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=332284" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=332284</a>
 

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That study is interesting, though I am far from convinced (and the authors of the study clearly don't conclude) that antibiotics make pertussis worse. If you note, they suggest that antibiotics are more likely to be prescribed in more severe cases.<br><br>
Anyway, that thread has been done so we don't need to start it again here, but I hope that the info and varying viewpoints are helpful to the op.
 

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My little one had Pertussis at 6 mo. I Dint not give antibiotics for it. If i were you I read read anything you can get your hands on that MT has written on Pertussis pertaining to Sodioum ascorbate I used it ALOT in my little one when she had it. And a Dr's visit might be needed for a tiny little one. The cough is bad my DD was classic and sounded classic she turned purple and blue it was very worrisome. We also used Homeopathy. The duration of the illness was about 6 weeks we improved greatly after we started a bowel tolerance to Vit c. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I have been there and know its scarey.<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><br>
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