Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: DAna | 2008/10/20

Q.

KINKHOES

I' ve just learned that my 5 year old daughter has whooping cough. She' s had a chronic cough for alomst 2 years now and every time the GP just descirbed cough mixture and/or antibiotics and also an asthma pump. Well needless to say, it did not help. I eventually took her to a pediatrician last week and this morning she phoned me telling me my daughter has whooping cough. She' s describing antibiotics for 10 days and I also have to steam her. Will the antibiotics kill the disease or is it something she will live with forever? Will it have a permanent effect on her lungs, in other words will her lungs be weakened?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Whooping cough does not last for 2 years.This must be a different cough to the first one. A prolonged cough at this age is usually due to asthma, so the GP was probably correct to treat her for asthma. Whooping cough responds well to an antibiotic if treated early. There are no permanent harmful effects to the lungs.This cough usually lasts about 3 months.

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