Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a bacterial infection that can cause mild symptoms in adults and very severe symptoms in young children. Your child should see an emergency pediatrician right away if you suspect he or she might have whooping cough, which is characterized by the classic “whoop” sound made during a coughing fit.
Watch this video to hear what pertussis sounds like. You’ll also learn that babies who haven’t yet had the full course of vaccinations are at the highest risk of pertussis. These immunizations are given at two, four, and six months of age. Children usually contract pertussis from adults. Since adults might not realize they have the infection, parents and childcare workers are advised to get a booster shot every 10 years.
Pediatrics After Hours provides urgent care for young patients with cold-like symptoms in the DFW area, including whooping cough. There’s no need to make an appointment, but you can call 972-355-2273 to find the closest emergency pediatrics location.