Whooping cough is a contagious disease that may cause serious trouble in the lungs.
At the height of the disease the patient goes through severe spells of coughing. This often ends in a high crowing form of breathing. The disease is seen less often today because many children are now protected in early infancy by DPT. The medical name for for whooping cough is pertussis.
An attack of whooping may last as long as six weeks. It is a distressing disease to both parents and children, and may result in damage to the lungs and bronchial tubes, particularly in youngsters who are not strong. The younger the child, the more serious the disease.
Be sure your body is fully protected against whooping cough by means of DPT. If a child develops the disease later after taking DPT , it will be mild and not severe.
1. Isolate the child from other members of the family and community.
2. Give him small frequent meals and plenty of fluids between feedings. Vomiting is common after the severe spells of coughing.
3. Good nursing care is essential, especially in children who are weakened through some previous illness.
4. Gamma globulin 2.5cc. to 5cc. may be given intramuscularly and replaced several times if the child is very ill.
Milder cases of whooping cough usually clears up without any permanent damage, but the best treatment of all is to prevent the disease by protecting the child during the early months of life.