Whooping cough is such a big topic in our community and is constantly mentioned to parents to be extremely wary about. The danger of whooping cough in young bubs is that they may not be able to breathe in properly after a coughing fit and may also find feeding difficult if they are vomiting frequently.
The incubation period of whooping cough lasts for around 7-21 days and is infectious for around 3-4 weeks after the illness first appears.
The first signs include:
1. A slight fever and runny nose
2. This is followed by a loose cough
3. Then the mucous begins to thicken and extended, uncontrollable coughing fits occur to bring it up, the child then draws air back into the lungs resulting in the characteristic ‘whoop’
4. Other symptoms can also be found such as nosebleeds, vomiting and blueness of fingers.
It is important to seek help if you feel your child has whooping cough.
Croup sounds almost frightening and usually occurs in children under 4 years of age. kids with a history of asthma, eczema and other respiratory disorders are usually more prone to croup.
It starts with:
1. Hoarseness and fever
2. Then develops into a loud, barking, ringing and harsh sounding cough that usually wakes the whole house.
3. The child will often breath noisily too.
It’s important to stay with your baby all the time in cases of croup, steam can alleviate the symptoms but you should always seek help if your baby is having trouble breathing or you notice a blue tinge to the lips.
Re-occurrences are best treated with good constitutional homeopathic prescribing however there are many remedies that can assist with the acute exacerbation’s of the croup.
Aconite repeated is usually prescibed for the first initial stages of croup, spongia is effective when the cough becomes a ‘bark’ and hepar sulph can help clean up the infection towards the end of the cough.
Coughs can occur for many reasons. Some children develop coughs around the time they start teething (the teething doesn’t cause the cough, more the stress of the teething on the body). If the babies lungs are a vulnerable area, a cough is likely to develop whenever their vitality is low.
Pretty much every remedy in our repertory has a cough picture, there are of course some main remedies that differentiate the different symptoms at hand, some include:
Bryonia – for the classic dry and hard cough, it is often a painful cough where you may see your bub clutching at their chest
Hepar sulph – is usually a loose, noisy, barking cough with yellow-green mucous. Often it accompanies the sensation of having a splinter stuck in the throat. The cough is worse from cold drafts and better for warm moist air.
Ant-Tart – is a noisy, rattling, wheezy cough with copious mucous which cannot be spit up
Aconite – is for a dry cough with a sudden onset, the kind that appears in a flash as you are sitting there cheering on your 8 year old at the soccer game on a Saturday afternoon – exposure to dry, cold winds are key factors to bringing this cough along.
Coughs and colds are often common after vaccination. Seek advice if you feel this to be the case.
Good constitutional treatment will always raise the immune system to assist in less frequent exacerbation’s of coughs, croup and other lung disorders but its great to know there are a few simple remedies that can reduce the longevity and intensity of the cough.