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You might brush off the early signs of whooping cough because they look an awful lot like the common cold. Older children and teens may develop congestion, mild fever, cough, or runny nose; however, within the first 1-2 weeks you will notice that the cough gets worse. In fact, your child may develop severe and sudden coughing fits.
Children and newborns are more likely to display severe symptoms. They may not have a whoop in their cough, but they may vomit or show severe fatigue after coughing. While anyone can develop whooping cough, infants are at particular risk for serious and life-threatening complications so it’s important to have your family vaccinated.
While newborns are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough, you should make sure that the rest of your family is fully vaccinated. The DTaP vaccine will protect against whooping cough and will be administered at 2, 4, and 6 months old, again at 15 to 18 months, and again at 6 years for a total of five doses.
If you suspect that your child might have whooping cough, you must call your pediatrician right away. Children under 18 months old may require hospitalization so doctors can continuously monitor them, as children are more likely to stop breathing with whooping cough. Of course, coming in during the early stages of the infection is important as antibiotics are more effective at the very start of the illness.
- Resting as much as possible
- Staying hydrated
- Sticking to smaller meals to safeguard against cough-induced vomiting
- Making sure your family is up to date on their vaccinations
Learn more about childhood immunizations and how they can benefit your child’s health.
Keeping your child healthy and happy is the name of the game for all parents, and we can all agree that it’s much easier and safer to prevent illness from occurring in the first place than have to go to the hospital. From the office of our Fairfax, VA, pediatricians, find out everything you want to know about getting your child vaccinated.
Q. What is the purpose of a vaccine?
A. The purpose of immunizations is to help your little one develop the defenses necessary for their body to fight an illness. To do this, the vaccine will either administer a dead or weakened form of the virus, which will stimulate the body to produce the proper antibodies to build up immunity and to prevent your child from getting sick.
Q. Are vaccines safe?
A. Each year, millions of children are safely vaccinated without experiencing any serious effects. In fact, the benefits of keeping your child vaccinated far outweigh the cons. We know that some parents may be nervous that vaccines could cause autism or other conditions, but studies have found no link between immunizations and the development of autism.
In fact, not vaccinating your child can leave them at risk for serious and potentially fatal infections. If you have any concerns about vaccinating your child, don’t hesitate to sit down and talk with our Fairfax, VA, children’s doctors about it. We would be happy to put your mind at ease.
Q. How often should my child be immunized?
A. We know that it isn’t always easy to remember how many vaccines your child needs and when they need them throughout the course of their childhood. Luckily, the CDC offers up a simple immunization schedulefor all children under 18 years old to follow. Tack this schedule up on the fridge or someplace where you won’t forget about it!
Q. Will vaccines weaken my child’s immune system?
A. While you may think that administering a vaccine may leave your little one susceptible to other infections, this is certainly not the case. Rest assured that while the vaccine is helping your child develop the necessary antibodies to fight infection, it will not weaken their body or leave them at risk for other infections.
Q. Are there any side effects involved in getting vaccinated?
A. Most side effects associated with childhood vaccines are very minor and involve redness, swelling, or tenderness near the injection site. These side effects are self-limiting and will go away after a few hours or a couple of days. Of course, if your child develops other concerning side effects make sure to give us a call right away.
If you still have questions about immunizing your child or if you need to schedule an appointment with us, call Virginia Pediatric Group in Fairfax, VA, today at (703) 573-2432.