Whooping cough in kids


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http://www.fridayschildmontessori.com/blog/727/ Whooping cough or pertussis is a very infectious disease that is characterised by prolonged coughing fits, often with a “whoop” sound during attempts to inhale, and frequently followed by vomiting. It can develop into complications such as pneumonia and even brain damage, and it is particularly serious in babies. Vaccination is a key part of prevention, which includes ensuring that four-year-olds have had booster shots. See your doctor if you or your child has a cough that doesn’t go away, and stay away from infants and women in late pregnancy.

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Whooping cough in kids

  1. 1. WHOOPING COUGH IN KIDS How to deal with Pertussis or Whooping Cough
  2. 2. You may wonder why whooping cough is worth worrying about.
  3. 3. While prolonged coughing is a nuisance while it goes on – to say nothing of the vomiting afterwards – is it really a big deal? Yes, it is. It can kill.
  4. 4. Pertussis is highly likely to lead to complications, especially pneumonia, which is very serious indeed.
  5. 5. In very young children, the prolonged coughing fits and vomiting can interfere with sleeping and feeding patterns, meaning that a baby does not get the energy reserves to fight the disease or the nutrients and rest needed to grow.
  6. 6. The disease can also lead to coughing blood and damage to the lining of the throat. Brain damage can also occur, although the risk rate for this is uncertain.
  7. 7. Brain damage occurs because the brain can be starved of oxygen – it’s all being coughed out and drawing an inward breath is difficult.
  8. 8. Whooping cough is highly infectious, especially as it looks like a milder ailment at first. It can take some time for whooping cough to develop symptoms after a child has been exposed to the disease – up to a month.
  9. 9. The first line of defense against whooping cough is vaccination.
  10. 10. If you suspect that your child has whooping cough, the best thing to do is to see your doctor straight away.
  11. 11. He or she will probably prescribe antibiotics, which will prevent bacterial complications such as pneumonia.
  12. 12. Your doctor will probably also give you other advice regarding how to care for your child.
  13. 13. At Friday’s Child Montessori, we want all our pupils to be fit and healthy so they can learn and play, and enjoy the process of growing up into the people they are meant to be.
  14. 14. We don’t want a whooping cough epidemic – or any other sort of epidemic – going through our nursery school.
  15. 15. So we’ve got the following advice for parents: www.fridayschildmontessori.com/blog