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My 7 month old baby had Whooping Cough

My 7 Month old baby had Whooping Cough and this is what I did

Whooping cough in small baby=no fun!

Whooping cough is a contagious infection of the respiratory system caused by the Bordetella Pertussis bacteria.
The symptoms follow three phases of manifestation;

Phase 1 ~ Symptoms are similar to a common cold, and include runny nose, sneezing, possible low grade fever and mild cough.

Phase 2 ~ Paroxysms, which are coughing fits that often end in characteristic whooping sound, and difficulty in catching breath, often causing choking/retching or vomiting. The coughing is often worse at night and can cause exhaustion and susceptibility to secondary infections. This phase often lasts 1-6 weeks. Note that babies often do NOT make the whooping sound.

Phase 3 ~ Rest and recovery, the cough lasting a further 2-3 weeks on average. Whooping cough was known as the 100 day cough in China.

This is my regimen of remedies so far;

Beginning stages are like a cold and cough and for Rosie manifested as RSV and bronchiolitis.
She was very congested and mucous was thick and wet. Plus ear infections, with no fever.
I used Garlic mullein oil in each ear, hot compresses and massage along the Eustachian tubes.
I gave her steam room inhalations several times a day/night as needed which loosens the phlegm and makes breathing easier. Nasal saline and suction, which helped a LOT to clear what she couldn't clear on her own. For this the Nose Frida worked better than any other suction bulb.
Homeopathic Kali Bich for thick stringy yellow mucus.
Chicken soup bone broth with tumeric and cumin, coriander.
Albuterol when the wheezing got bad and made her lungs crackle at night, and she found it hard to breathe.
Sleeping upright on a raised cushion (boppy pillow).
Drop doses of Wild Cherry Bark, Marshmallow root and Elecampane. In hot water.

As the pattern changed and the wheezing stopped and cough became more dry and painful and spasmodic, we have switched to 1m homeopathic Drosea which is great and effective so far in lessening amount of spasms and helping to bring up the mucus from her lungs where the cilia have been eroded. This is what the toxin released from the Bordetella Pertussis bacteria does.. It erodes the Cilia (tiny hairs) which help to bring up mucus from the lungs effectively. Thus the coughing to prevent pools in bottom of lungs. Appetizing I know!
Drosera is effective when coughing fits are mainly at night and end in gagging and vomiting.
She was also given 200c of Oreodaphne by her homeopath.
We are giving her Lobelia drop doses and Grindelia. Tea with Red Clover (good specific for whooping cough) Plantain for soothing mucus membranes, Oatstraw and Nettle and Alfalfa for minerals and energy and thyme for anti microbial aromatic support.
Time will tell - but I am so thankful for plants and their wise healing gifts. I seek their refuge and help where the medical world has told me nothing can help!
I am grateful also to the advice given, particularly Darcey Blue and Benjamin Zappin from Five Flavor Herbs.
Chrisitine Ciavarella for her unparalleled excellence and continual homeopathic and medical support in my children’s lives.

Time did tell, and it was the Drosera which had the most noticeable and dramatic healing effect. After 2 doses she coughed up a big pool of mucous and it was a particularly horrible moment of coughing. After that, she slept better and coughed less. The next night we did it again, and she coughed much less - the difference between every hour on the hour having paroxysms to once or twice a night, much milder and not ending in choking or vomiting.
It is now a couple of weeks later and my baby girl has continued to improve and sustain good health.
I know that each person is different and make no claims that this regimen will work for and cure everyone but it is what worked for me and Rosie and there are helpful suggestions for what can be done to alleviate the symptoms of pertussis with homeopathy and herbs.
Please always check in with a doctor AND herbalist/homeopath who you trust, especially when dealing with young babies.
Be supported and be smart. Hours of waking at night consistently can be really hard on the parents.

Here are some useful links to articles about Whooping Cough and alternative treatments.