whooping cough

Treat Whooping Cough Naturally

Whooping cough is a very serious respiratory illness characterized by a whooping sound that occurs, not when you cough, but when you breathe in preparing to cough. Though it was somewhat rare in developed nations, it has been experiencing a resurgence in places like the United States. Also known as pertussis, it is frightening, though not deadly if caught early and treated swiftly. The coughing can last from as little as six weeks to months and often sounds worse during recovery than it does during the worst phases of the illness.

 

How do I know if I have whooping cough?

  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Watering eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Mild fever
  • Dry cough

These symptoms will develop into:

  • Thick cough with phlegm
  • Vomiting
  • Labored breathing
  • Breathlessness
  • Severe exhaustion
  • Fatigue
  • Whooping sound when trying to breathe in

It should be noted that during recovery the cough can actually sound worse even though you or your child are actually improving.

 

How can I prevent whooping cough?

  • Immunization is the number one way to prevent getting and spreading pertussis or whooping cough.
  • Washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent getting or spreading any disease. During the winter time, be especially carefully of washing your hands when in public places.

 

How can I treat whooping cough?

Home treatment for whooping cough should always been done in conjunction with a doctor’s care as it is dangerous and highly contagious.

  • Make sure to create as calm and stress-free a recovery environment as possible. Keep stimulations such as games to a minimum to speed recovery.
  • Avoid allergens and coughing triggers such as smoking, dust, sudden noises, bright lights, or severe changes in temperature.
  • Keep hydrated!
  • Keep the air moist but not too moist. Use a humidifier only until it begins to trigger coughing spells, but make sure to avoid dry, hot air.
  • During coughing spells, hold your child on their side, not their back and remain calm and soothing.
  • Steaming helps to loosen the phlegm in the lungs; try adding some essential oils such as eucalyptus to help clear up passages a bit more.
  • Make a gargle of a half-teaspoon salt in a cup of warm water to gargle with to help alleviate throat irritation and inflammation.
  • Make ginger tea sweetened with honey. Honey is a natural anti-biotic and ginger helps with relieve lots of symptoms.
  • Chamomile tea can help soothe and calm.
  • Make a chest rub with diluted eucalyptus, rosemary or camphor oils to help expel phlegm and loosen it.
  • Eat a diet with garlic and onion; they both help boost the immune system.
  • Up your intake of vitamin C, bioflavanoids, and zinc. All of these will help your body fight off infection more easily.
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