How to Protect Your Baby From Whooping Cough
Know the Signs of Whooping Cough
At first, whooping cough looks like a common cold. Symptoms may include:
- Runny nose
- Mild cough
- Mild fever
Severe coughing may begin after 1 or 2 weeks and continue for several weeks. It causes people to take deep, quick breaths that can make a "whooping" noise.
Babies may have little or no cough, but they can have apnea, or pauses in breathing.
If you or your child has a cold with a severe cough, see a doctor. If it is whooping cough, your doctor can prescribe antibiotics to ease symptoms and help keep it from spreading to others.