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has pertusis. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
His little brothers 1st birthday party is tommorow, I'm guessing he shouldn't go right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
ETA He has had this cough for over a week now, so it's not like it's a new thing.
 

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You should probably not even have the party, because it's not unlikely that you will all have pertussis shortly and could already be contagious. I'm not afraid of pertussis at all (DD had it at 6ish months) but I do think it's wrong to knowingly expose others, which you would probably be doing whether your sick son went or not. I guess if you feel confident that you guys absolutely don't have it, then have the party and don't take the older son, but I personally wouldn't feel confident of that.
 

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((((Mama)))) Not a fun sickness. But he'll be fine! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I have to agree with Plummeting, though. You need to postpone the party. People will understand.
 

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to be honest i dont even know if he has it. he is prone to croupe, 1st - 3rd day was dry cough, wattery eyes and runny nose. 4-6 day was very croupy cough, weezing, etc. day 8-9 (today) was very wet cough with lots of gagging but only at night. the doctor just said it sounds a lot like pertussis because of the symptoms i described. youngest ds has a runny nose but thats it. dh and i are fine.
 

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That really doesn't meet the case definition of pertussis - at least not yet anyway.
 

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Case definition: <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5503a3.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5503a3.htm</a>
 

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It doesn't sound like normal pertussis at all, so I have no idea why your doc would say that, unless he is aware that vaccinated kids don't tend to have the usual pertussis symtoms. Is your littlest one vaccinated? Pertussis tends to start with a runny nose and cold-like symptoms, so he's probably getting whatever your oldest one has, whether it's pertussis or not. If you think your oldest one could have pertussis, then you should postpone the party. I think it would be wrong to spread it around to a bunch of people, probably including children, who didn't want it, when you knew that was a possibility.<br><br>
Even if you don't think it's pertussis, he sounds pretty miserable and it sounds like the birthday boy is coming down with it. Don't you think all the other parents there might like to know how sick his brother is and that he's showing some symptoms himself before they bring their own children? I think you at least owe it to everyone to call them all up and tell them exactly what's happening, so they can decide for themselves if they want to come.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It doesn't sound like normal pertussis at all, so I have no idea why your doc would say that, unless he is aware that vaccinated kids don't tend to have the usual pertussis symtoms. Is your littlest one vaccinated? Pertussis tends to start with a runny nose and cold-like symptoms, so he's probably getting whatever your oldest one has, whether it's pertussis or not. If you think your oldest one could have pertussis, then you should postpone the party. I think it would be wrong to spread it around to a bunch of people, probably including children, who didn't want it, when you knew that was a possibility.<br><br>
Even if you don't think it's pertussis, he sounds pretty miserable and it sounds like the birthday boy is coming down with it. Don't you think all the other parents there might like to know how sick his brother is and that he's showing some symptoms himself before they bring their own children? I think you at least owe it to everyone to call them all up and tell them exactly what's happening, so they can decide for themselves if they want to come.</div>
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The youngest IS vaccinated up to 6 months. He's a year old now. He has also had a cold for about the same time. His is just a runny nose.<br><br>
I will be calling everyone tonight and rescheduling the party. Hope I can eat 30 pieces of cake. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Mmmm, cake. You're more than welcome to send it here, lol. (Sorry, have a craving for cake.)
 
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