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What is it?
It is caused by a bacterium, which is spread in the water droplets breathed out by an infected child, and attacks the mucous membranes lining the airways. After an incubation of seven to 14 days, a mild fever, cough, runny nose and loss of appetite develop. The cough becomes worse, particularly at night, with ‘whooping’ at the end of a cough. The child often vomits after a paroxysm of coughing, and may be very ill. The sufferer is infectious for 21 days after the onset of the ‘whooping’. Warning If a child develops a whoop, call the doctor immediately, whooping cough is a notifiable disease and the condition can in some cases prove fatal.
Fever, cough, runny nose, loss of appetite.
Vaccination against whooping cough is recommended, despite possible side effects. The whooping cough vaccine is now usually combined with those for diphtheria, tetanus and polio. If eczema results, the course should not be stopped. However, the doctor may advise against immunisation of a child who suffers from epilepsy or who has been brain-damaged since birth, or one whose parents suffer from epilepsy. The injections should not be given when a child is feverish or unwell. If a child develops whooping cough, a doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics which, if taken early enough during the illness, may make it less severe. The child should be given extra liquids, and a proprietary cough medicine if it helps. Exposure to tobacco smoke will make the cough much worse.
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info