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The Cough That Won’t Go Away

December 14, 2019


The cough that won’t go away when Eva RE holds worth was three months old she began coughing so hard that she would almost lift her little body off the crib mattress remembers her Mother Amanda holds worth of how well the issue again when she wasn’t coughing which was most of the time Eva RE looked fine and she didn’t have a runny nose or fever however the cough was so severe that holds worth took her daughter to the pediatrician three times in 10 days the Dr. ruled out are as a V. Russ Piero Torrey sing social virus and allergies that the cough continued finally holds worth’s husband suggested having Eva retested for pertussis because a client’s child had recently been diagnosed with that I said whooping cough isn’t that like a little house on the prairie disease recalls holds worth she was shocked when Eva RE tested positive once upon a time whooping cough or pertussis was as dreaded disease as polio says parents adviser Harley rot Bart ND professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Colorado school of medicine and children’s hospital of Colorado in aurora it was a quite severe life threatening bacterial illness that took young babies from parents but we’ve grown up in the era of pertussis vaccination that that vaccine which combines dip theory a tetanus and pertussis is given to children at two months for months and six months and again between 15 and 18 months and 4 to 6 years of age most parents have never seen or heard whooping cough because widespread immunization campaigns dramatically reduced the rate of the disease after the vaccine was introduced in the 1940s cases declined by more than 99% by 1976 there were only about 1000 cases Nationwide unfortunately it’s a drastically different situation today pertussis is on the upswing thanks to what some experts call a perfect storm of innocent ignorance and tie vaccines sentiment and less than perfect immunizations in 2012 more than 41,000 confirmed cases of whooping cough or reported to the centers for disease control and prevention CDC when most since 1955 that’s likely just the tip of the iceberg says Marianne jack’s of ND section chief of infectious disease at children’s mercy hospital in Kansas City Missouri many cases go undiagnosed and many don’t get treated with antibiotics so the disease continues to spread babies are at highest risk of getting pertussis and becoming dangerously ill that more school age children are getting sick than ever before to is your child too sick for school take a arc was to find out one of the biggest dangers of the disease is that it is often not diagnosed until it has progressed to a more serious stage when breathing becomes difficult at that point it’s easy to develop raspy are a Tory infections like pneumonia children can lit release suffocate because they cannot catch their breath there coffin woo can be so severe that they die of oxygen deprivation Dr. Ott Bart explains understanding the facts about the disease known as the 100 day cough will go a long way to helping prevent it vaccines surprises the earliest pertussis vaccines called whole cell were made from the entire pertussis bacterium and were nearly 95% affective however the public worried that they may have sometimes caused serious nervous system side effects such as seizures those studies never proved that scientists created a safer a cellular vaccine that uses only part of the bacterium this is the shot American kids have gotten since 1990 have after a startling number of vaccinated preteens in California came down with whooping cough in 2000 for researchers investigated and learn that the current vaccine can be as low as 70% effective the actor Jackson sat the actors also suspect that the immunity the vaccine does confirm a wear off over time a study published last year found exactly that immunity wanes after the fifth DOS traditionally given before kids enter kindergarten which explains why so many kids ages 7 to 10 are coming down with pertussis in fact children who have not received all five of the recommended duck shots are eight times more likely to get whooping cough than those who are fully immunized reports the CDC since 2005 it’s been recommended that kids receive all booster shot called tap tetanus that theory a and pertussis at age 11 or 12 kids 7 to 10 who haven’t gotten all five doses of top should also receive a single dose of tap some experts believe every 7 to 10 year old should get that that that hasn’t been officially recommended yet only about 70 to 85% of teens and roughly 13% of all adults are fully immunized against pertussis says the CDC if vaccinated kids do get sick they may still call for an extended time but generally won’t be as LS kids who haven’t gotten the booster vulnerable babies even though more older kids are getting whooping cough know it is babies who are still at highest risk at least 18 babies died of whooping cough and 200012200013 stats were unavailable at press time infants are relatively unprotected against pertussis until a few weeks after they received their third dose of DAT which is typically given at six months of age there the most likely to be admitted to the hospital with whooping cough and to develop serious complications to protect the young baby experts recommend a cocooning strategy this means parents should get the two doubt booster and also has it should be vaccinated as should anyone who will be around the baby childcare providers hands on calls friends grandparents unsure if you had today at Ord tap check with your Doc many adults mistakenly assume their protected the CDC’s advisory committee for in yen as a shun practices says that expectant moms it should receive it doubt vaccination during each pregnancy in order to protect their baby even if they’ve gotten taped before we want to make sure all pregnant women are vaccinated preferably between 27 and 36 weeks says Laurie swaim ND and awed Guinn at Texas children’s pavilion for women in Huston this way a mom passes immunity onto her baby which offers some protection until he starts getting his own vaccines at two months protect your family from getting sick with Health Products from shot parents spotting the disease at first whooping cough looks a lot like a cold symptoms include a runny nose a mild cough the low grade fever sneezing and loss of appetite that’s why it’s hard to catch it early the second stage of the illness which occurs about two weeks after the onset of symptoms is when the cough gets worse the young baby make off to the point where he chokes or turns blue older kids and adults might cough so hard that they pass out or vomit the actor Jackson sat it’s typical for a child to cough tend to 20 times in a row before stopping to take a breath when he quickly draws air into his lungs that can cause the telltale whooping sound have this stage can last for up to 10 weeks the third stage which is when kids are particularly susceptible to secondary raspy are a Tory infections like pneumonia lasts for another 2 to 3 weeks that not everyone who has whooping cough whoops talk to your Dr. If your child has been having coughing fits for a period of longer than two weeks or coughs to the point of vomiting how it’s treated whooping cough is definitively diagnosed via an Asil swabbed which is similar to a strep throat test the swab has to be sent to a lab for diagnosis though and not all doctors offices are equipped to perform store and ship pertussis tests for analysis so some doctors will check your child’s white blood cell count with a blood test the ratio of certain types of white blood cells can indicate a whooping cough infection however this doesn’t always pick up the disease because whooping cough is so contagious your Dr. May start your child and everyone else in your home on antibiotics before any test results are back they won’t stop the cough that they may help shorten or lessen the disease if it’s picked up within the first seven days after infection the actor Jackson sat that most people don’t know they have whooping cough until coughing spasms begin two or three weeks after infection untreated your child can spread pertussis for three full weeks after the half begins if the test results come back negative have you can stop the men’s but if your child does indeed have pertussis you have helped halt the spread

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