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My oldest started showing some symptoms of being sick a few days ago - runny nose, mild cough, sneezing, very small fever. I didn't worry much and he didn't really complain about anything but how annoying the runny nose was. I just assumed eh, another little bug he'll be over in a few days. Well then today on the news they announced there is an outbreak of whooping cough. At first it didn't dawn on me but just now I was sitting here and the two clicked into my head and I looked up whooping cough (pertussis) and he has ALL the early symptoms. My youngest started having a little cough today too (no fever or runny nose though). At my 16 week appt my midwife told me that my rubella screen came back inconclusive and wanted to know if I had been vax'd. So I got my mom to look, and I had, but that's when my mom told me that I was NOT vax'd for whooping cough because I had a very bad reaction to it and the doctor decided it was safer not to give me anymore. So with that in mind, then the kids symptoms and the recent "outbreak" has me soo panicked! I can't stand the idea of the boys being sick basically for months, me being sick and the baby possibly getting it (he's due in May). YIKES!!
They've both been immunized for it, Jayden hasn't got his last shot though (done at age 4, he's almost 3). So I'm wondering what are the chances they could get this after being immunized for it??
What do you think? I mean, it could just be a cold but I'm soo paranoid now! I'm thinking I should get them into the doctor to be checked just in case.
If taking your son in to the doc isn't a big hassle or financial hardship, maybe it would be worthwhile to set your mind at ease. Kids ARE still vulnerable to pertussis even after they've been given their vaccination for it, they are not fully protected until they have their 3rd or 4th dose.
I just recently came across this page (linked from a banner here on JM) about pertussis, maybe there will be some helpful info there for you. You can hear what the cough sounds like on it too.
I hope your kids and you are okay! KUP!
Crissy ♥ mama to Jack 7.16.01 ~ Mia Bella 10.29.02
Angus Pickle 2.24.04 ~ Sydney Bean 10.26.06 & Kater Tot 2.15.09
I agreee with Crissy, wanted to add though, that from what i understand the cough from whooping cough is so horrible and so different from a cold, you should be able to tell...maybe not at first, but yeah eventually.
I'm watching them but I'm not thinking it's that anymore. They both woke up with ewy eyes, they still have a runny nose, little cough at night, Joe is complaining he's itchy, Jayden has a sore throat. I think they have allergies (dh suffers from them bad and has all the same symptoms)! The weather has been nice and they've been outside a lot so I think all the growing stuff got to them! During the day you wouldn't even know they felt bad, but at night everything kicks in so I'm not sleeping very much! It's supposed to cool down today and rain so by tomorrow we should all have a nice fat headache, not sure why rain does that to us, but it does!
Thanks for all the thoughts though, I was really freaking there for a second - I'm mega paranoid about those types of things!