This is especially true for individuals who are at risk of developing a serious condition or complications.
If the infant develops a serious case of the disease, hospitalization may be required. In the hospital, an intravenous injection may be given to replace lost fluids, and the throat may need to be suctioned to remove excess mucus.
Alternative and complementary therapies
- Use a cool mist vaporizer to help loosen mucus and soothe irritated lungs and coughing
- Eat small, frequent meals to help prevent vomiting
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
- Keeping your home free of irritants such as smoke, dust, or chemical fumes that irritate the lungs
Prevention of whooping cough
Vaccination is the first way to prevent whooping cough. According to the CDC, children who have not received DTaP vaccines are at least 8 times more likely to develop the disease than those who have received all five doses of this vaccine. (DTaP vaccines prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough.)
Right now, there are two vaccines available that do the job in the United States: DTaP for children under 7 and Tdap for teens and adults. (Tdap is the name of a single vaccine against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis given to people 11 years of age and older.)
Here’s who should get the shots, and when:
- Infants and young children Babies should receive their first pertussis vaccine at 2 months of age, followed by a second and third dose at 4 months and 6 months of age. The fourth vaccination should be given between 15 and 18 months of age, followed by the fifth and final injection between 4 and 6 years of age.
At least 90 percent of children are fully protected after getting all five doses of DTaP.
- Teenagers and teens DTaP’s ability to prevent pertussis slowly decreases over time. For example, if a child received their last DTaP at age 6, at age 11, that child’s chance of being fully protected hovers at 70 percent. As such, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children ages 11 to 12 get a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine.
- Adults 19 years and older Didn’t you get a teen Tdap booster? You’ll want to make sure you get it now. In addition, a single dose of Tdap should be given to adults who are in contact with infants as well as to healthcare workers.
- pregnant women The CDC recommends that all pregnant women get a Tdap injection between the 27th and 36th week of pregnancy. all Pregnancy. In this way, you create protective antibodies to pass on to the baby before birth, which helps provide short-term protection against whooping cough and related complications.
Doing so reduces the risk of contracting whooping cough by about 91 percent during the first two months of a child’s life, according to a report..
No vaccine is 100 percent effective, but it is the best protection available. In addition, if an individual develops whooping cough after taking vaccinations, it is less likely that they will be exposed to a serious infection.
- Weakened immunity
- You have moderate to severe asthma
- Work in neonatal intensive care units, childcare settings, and maternity wards
- They are children under a year old, especially those under 4 months old
- Women in the third trimester of pregnancy