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Also known as: Pertussis
Babies who are younger than 6 months won’t necessarily whoop when they cough. Their symptoms are less predictable and can worsen quickly. Look out for any of the following:
Whooping cough has 3 stages in older babies and young kids:
Some babies, younger kids and elderly adults may need to be hospitalised if they’re having trouble breathing or drinking. They may need:
Babies and young kids are most at risk of complications occurring as a result of whooping cough.
You should see a doctor if:
If your child experiences any of the following, call an ambulance by dialling 111:
Whooping cough is very contagious—if you suspect you or your child have whooping cough, call ahead before going to the doctor as you will need to be separated from other patients.
Whooping cough can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. If a patient gets a cold while recovering from whooping cough, they may continue to have coughing fits for longer.