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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
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • 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.

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Reviewed on January 22, 2014

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