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Whooping Cough (Pertussis) (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

When to call the doctor

  • If you suspect you or your child has whooping cough
  • If your child has been exposed to someone with whooping cough, regardless of whether the child has received immunization shots
  • If your child has a fever that cannot be controlled with over-the-counter medication
  • If your child is unable to keep solids and liquids down (vomits)

When to go to the hospital

  • If your child stops breathing, call 911 emergency services and begin CPR.
  • If your child turns blue during a coughing spell
  • Go to a hospital's emergency department if someone with whooping cough shows these symptoms:
    • Inability to tolerate liquids (vomiting)
    • Uncontrolled fever even with anti-fever medications
    • Signs of respiratory distress including rapid breathing and turning blue
    • Signs of dehydration, including weight loss, dry mucous membranes, or decreased urine output
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/18/2014

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