The aim of treatment is to make
symptoms less severe and reduce the spread of infection to close
is generally treated with
antibiotics, which may help shorten the course of the
disease if they are taken early in the first stage of illness. But they may not
be prescribed right away, because it's hard to tell the difference between the
first symptoms of whooping cough and the symptoms of a common cold. As symptoms
progress, they become more distinctive of whooping cough. Antibiotics are
usually given at this point. Antibiotics can help reduce the spread of
infection while you are waiting for test results to confirm the diagnosis. Family members and others who have had
close contact with someone infected with whooping cough are usually prescribed
antibiotics before any symptoms start.1
This year, start a new tradition pack a healthy school lunch for your
A nutritious lunch from home helps kids stay away from the high-fat,
high-sugar, and high-sodium stuff in school cafeterias and vending machines.
Research shows that America's children are missing out on five essential
nutrients to their growth and good health: calcium, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, and potassium.
An ideal lunch provides good nutrition plus just enough calories to fuel body and
brain throughout the...
Severe coughing spells can
significantly decrease the blood's oxygen supply. If a
pulse oximeter measurement finds that blood oxygen
levels are low, oxygen may be given for a short time through a
nasal cannula or an oxygen mask.
especially those younger than 4 months, are typically hospitalized.
Hospitalization allows health professionals to make sure the baby is getting
enough fluids and nutrients. Also, the baby is monitored and evaluated for how
well he or she tolerates and recovers from coughing episodes. If needed, a baby
also may receive oxygen therapy and have mucus suctioned from his or her nose
and throat. Because suctioning mucus may trigger coughing spells, it is only
done in certain situations.
Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if a person stops breathing, turns blue, or becomes
unconscious. Start rescue breathing immediately or follow instructions given by
emergency services while you wait for help. For more information, see the
topic Dealing With Emergencies.