Jump to content

WDYT? Whooping cough


  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 Ohhmum

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:47 PM

I have just come home after a GP visit with DS2, nearly six months. He has been in contact with a school friend of DS1 who's dad called yesterday to let us know his (vaccinated) DD has been hospitalised with whooping cough. My DS2 has been unwell with a runny nose for about a week and developed a nasty cough about three days ago so i took him to get checked out just in case, as he has only had two out of three of the whooping cough shots so far. His cough is not really extreme, and GP says that he would have some immunity from the two shots he has had, that if he does have it it is likely a mild case. GP suggested that the swab test for whooping cough is invasive and very uncomfortable for bubs and that he would prescribe the antibiotics for him without the test. I am not a big fan of antibiotics generally, so i am not super keen to give them if not strictly needed.  What would you do? Give the drugs he may not need? Wait and see? insist on the test? DS2 is feeding well, sleeping ok and not unusually upset or anything. Just runny nose and cough, worse at night. Without the whooping cough phonecall i would have just assumed a standard cold...

Sorry if this is hard to follow. Three year old chattering in my ear - can't concentrate!!

#2 ednaboo

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:55 PM

If the GP recommended antibiotic's, I would give the antibiotic's.

#3 Bunsen the feral

Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:58 PM

I wouldn't mess about where whooping cough is concerned, I would give the antibiotics.

#4 Copper and May

Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

Absolutely - give the antibiotics as whooping cough is a nasty disease and if one child was hospitalised, then it is fairly serious.

#5 Natttmumm

Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

I would give the antibiotics but still insist on the test. It took 2 seconds and my kids cried for about 10 seconds - big deal. Both mine came back positive (both fully immunised). DD1 coughed for weeks and weeks but was not in a state to be in hospital or anything like that - she didnt get the antibiotcs until the cough started. DD2 (aged 1) was given them as a precaution and did test positive but never coughed at all. The doc thinks beacuse she was more recently immunised she fought it off.

The antibiotics did upset all of our tummies - but it was only for 5 days from memory

#6 Leggy

Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:06 PM

Normally I hate taking "just in case" antibiotics with a passion, but whooping cough in a baby is a scary, scary thing. I'd take the antibiotics in this case.

#7 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:15 PM

My son had the test at around that age or a little older.  It was over really fast and he was fine by the time we left the pathology place.

#8 Futureself

Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:18 PM

I too am usually very, very against taking antibiotics but for the most severe of confirmed infections. However, I would in this case have him take them, but I'd also insist on the test so you know for sure and can have an idea in the future as to your child's exposure to disease.

I'd also take high doses of probiotics if breastfeeding or give him them directly in his bottle or puree to help keep his system in balance whilst on the antibiotics.

#9 Bottom

Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:58 PM

Take the antibiotics! Believe me, the test is agonizing, and I have a very high pain threshold. It only doesn't hurt a lot if you are not ill- if you are coughing, runny nose etc, your sinuses are tender and the test pain goes on for hours. My eyes were still watering the next day, and the ache was extreme. The doctor gave me the test because she was so reluctant to give it to my son because of the pain and she just put him on antibiotics.

#10 Bottom

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:03 PM

Ohm by the way, there are two types of tests but the most invasive one is the most accurate (they are gradually phasing out the less invasive one as it has proven to be inaccurate too much- that's what my son's dr told me, anyhow).

#11 .Jerry.

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

My 6 year old and I had the test (and WC confirmed) in September.  The test feels awful but is very very quick.  Molly actually giggled afterwards and said it tickled.  It hurt for me.

I would request the test.

The antibiotics for WC don't actually cure the illness, just prevent spread of infection.  They are only effective if taken early in the illness (first 21 days).

I would want to know if he did have WC as it may change how he is treated.  
My daughter was vaccinated for WC but still got a reasonable dose of the illness - coughing until going purple in face, vomiting up everything, not breathing after coughing fits etc.

#12 *Ker*

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

I just had this test (last Friday) and i would NEVER have my kids have it done! OMG, it hurt REALLY bad, and my nose hurt for two days after. It is excruciatingly painful. I had zero warning it would be painful - certainly wasn't expecting it.






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

11 things that will happen when you're breastfeeding

After having three children and various degrees of success feeding them all, there's one thing I can tell you: virtually nothing will go as planned.

Surgery for baby born with a tail

A baby born with a tail has had it removed after doctors feared the birth defect might cause long term damage to his lower body.

When 'skin to skin' becomes a family affair

An adorable photo of a little boy and his dad enjoying skin to skin contact with newborn twins is melting hearts everywhere.

35 hilariously weird 'top tips'

Who would have thunk it? We never knew there were so many uses for feminine hygiene products. 

Pregnancy skin woes: acne, dry skin, itchy skin

Here are some of the most common skin complaints in pregnancy and how to tackle them, face on.

Watch this fun dance class for babywearing dads

Is there anything sexier than a babywearing dad?

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

When your kids have totally different temperaments

Sometimes it has felt like whiplash parenting. She perches watchfully while I vacuum; he tries to climb on and go for a ride.

How do our stress levels influence our baby?

Since having my second baby a number of people have commented on how placid, content and settled he is and, similarly, many have commented on how this is a reflection of how I am with him.

Separation anxiety isn't just for kids

Despite its prevalence, most doctors tend to be reluctant to diagnose adult patients with separation anxiety.

A charm bracelet, a boy, and my beliefs questioned

I was staring at the face of my son, realising that my once steadfast decision to be open minded was quickly unravelling at the seams.

Why I'm so grateful for Hayden Panettiere's PND honesty

There are baby steps and giant leaps forward. But there are steps backwards, too. And, oh, how they can hurt your heart.

The heartbreaking story of little Moko

The mother of 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri said she should have picked up on the signs. {Warning: distressing content}

Kate Beckinsale and teen daughter recreate birth photo

Kate Beckinsale has recreated her daughter Lily's birth photo, 17 years after she was born.

The adult-size stroller you'll want to test drive

It's one of the biggest baby related purchases they will make, so it makes sense that parents-to-be get a chance to road test a stroller.

Pregnancy announcement shows the reality of IVF

It's a long way from baby booties or bump shots people have become accustomed to in social media pregnancy announcements.  

Soleil Moon Frye welcomes fourth baby

"Punky Brewster" is a mom again, for the fourth time. Soleil Moon Frye announced the birth of her baby boy, Story, on Instagram Wednesday.

Mum breastfeeds baby found abandoned on the street

A woman has been praised as a "beautiful mother" after breastfeeding a baby which had been abandoned at the side of a street. 

A birth with a difference: the 'natural caesarean'

We've shared stories of gentle caesareans before, but a new video shows a new option called a 'natural caesarean'.

Baby name inspiration by music genre

If you're all about the music, then you'll need a musical name for that baby. We've got all the lists for you by music genre.

Giving effective instructions to toddlers

One of the most common errors made by parents is in how they give instructions to their children.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.