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What are the symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis) my child would have?

Your child may have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • The first symptoms of pertussis are like a common cold
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Mild cough
  • Low-grade fever (less than 100.4°F)
  • In about 1 – 2 weeks, the dry cough turns to severe coughing spells that end in a “whooping” sound when your child breathes in.
  • The coughing spells may last a minute or more.
  • These spells may last up to 10 weeks.
  • Untreated pertussis may cause severe illness and even death, especially in babies.

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