Posts Tagged ‘pertussis’
Our kids got whooping cough at the hospital. Fortunately we found some information to treat it that kept them from having to be admitted.
While in the family room visiting with friends, we noticed a teenager coughing horribly and pounding his chest for air. We thought he was just a drama king. Later, we learned he was a patient who should not have wandered out of his room.
It started as a tickling little cough that sounded innocent enough. Within a week, our daughter who had started the little cough had stepped up to paroxysms (coughing fits).
What goes from red to blue to gray?
My daughter woke us one morning coughing and gasping for air. I thought she was just overreacting. Then next morning her cough was worse and another child started it.
Whooping cough (pertussis) bacteria strips out all the hair in the throat and bronchial tubes. Once these are gone, any mucus (which you always have) slips down into the bronchial tubes. You gag, breath in, and suddenly have to cough repeatedly to bring up the less-than-exciting subject of excess mucus.
While the child is out of air, he or she coughs repeatedly, turning red in the face, then from lack of oxygen can turn blue, and then from the strain of coughing, turns gray for a second or two. Then comes the trademark “whoop” as the child gasps for fresh oxygen.
The point of no return
Once the hair is gone from the windpipe, you are at the mercy of your wisdom in treating this disease. Figure on facing six weeks of horrible coughing and six months until normalcy returns once those hairs have grown back. In the mean time, there are several things you can do to prevent further problems.
Whooping cough is not a huge problem in and of itself if your children can manage past the lack of air a few times during the night. The danger lies in potential pneumonia, bronchitis, and other issues. Our midwife recommended we give the kids supplements to prevent infection from other diseases getting down into the lungs. We used:
How to kick Whooping Cough quickly
Reading online, we found a post on using sodium ascorbate. While we did not have ready access to this, we found powered Emergen-C to work just as well. The site recommended using as much Vitamin C as a doctor would use antibiotics. Vitamin C is not toxic because it is water-based and will flush out of your body (with diarrhea) if you take too much.
You have to have nerves of steel to keep your kids out of the hospital if they get this nasty monster. Most kids who take antibiotics, however, get all the other nasties like pneumonia and such, afterward.
Read this story of a mother taking a baby through pertussis. Also, search online for “whooping cough” and “sodium ascorbate” together. You will find some very helpful and encouraging information.
When we started using the ascorbate blend (instead of pure ascorbic acid), we saw dramatic reduction in mucus and coughing and cut this disease short. I give honor and credit to my Lord Jesus who carried us through this trying time. I got to know Him and His Word better during those interrupted nights.