Whooping cough or pertussis, as it is called in medical parlance, is an infectious disease. It commonly affects infants during the first year of life, and children up to five years of age.
Whooping Cough symptoms
Cold with a marked cough
The child develops a cold with a marked cough, which becomes more severe and spasmodic after a few days. At the end of this spasm, the child gives a characteristic whoop. As the paroxysms of coughing increase, the disease becomes less infective.
Vomiting, which is frequent, may lead to the bursting of small blood vessels in tile nose or the conjunctiva of the eyes. The disease may last for several weeks.
Whooping Cough causes
Broncho-pneumonia and infection of middle ear
The serious complications of whooping cough are broncho-pneumonia and infection of the middle ear. Convulsions may also occur in severe cases.
Whooping cough caused by Microorganisms
Whooping cough is caused by the microorganisms Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis. Of these, the first one gives rise to more severe infections, the disease is very infectious and spreads by droplet spray.
Whooping Cough treatments using Home Remedies
Whooping Cough treatment using Garlic
Garlic is one of the most effective remedies for whooping cough. The syrup of garlic should be given in doses of five drops to a teaspoon, two or three times a day, for treating this condition. It should be given more often if the coughing spells are frequent and violent.
Whooping Cough treatment using Ginger
Ginger is another effective remedy for whooping cough. A teaspoon of fresh ginger juice, mixed with a cup of fenugreek decoction and honey to taste, is an excellent diaphoretic. The fenugreek decoction can be made by boiling one teaspoon of seeds in 250 ml of water till it is reduced to half.
Whooping Cough treatment using Radish
Syrup prepared by mixing a teaspoon of fresh radish juice with an equal quantity of honey and a little rock salt, is beneficial in the treatment of this disease. It should be given thrice daily.
Whooping Cough treatment using Almond Oil
Almond oil is valuable in whooping cough. Five drops of almond oil should be mixed with ten drops each of fresh white onion juice and ginger juice, and taken thrice daily for a fortnight. It will provide relief.
Whooping Cough treatment using Calamus
The herb calamus is another valuable remedy for whooping cough. A pinch of the powder of the roasted herb should be given with a teaspoon of honey. Being antispasmodic, it prevents severe bouts of coughing. For smaller children, the dose must be proportionately smaller.
Whooping Cough diet
At the beginning of the treatment, the child should be kept on orange juice and water for a few days. The child may be put on an all-fruit diet for a few more days after the more serious symptoms have cleared up.
Other Whooping Cough treatment
Epsom salts baths will be beneficial during the initial juice and water fast.
Case of Constipation
In case of constipation, a mild laxative, preferably castor oil, should be administered. This will also relieve the pain in the abdominal muscles, which are usually strained during the paroxy-sms of coughing.
Protection against exposure
The patient should be protected against exposure to cold and moisture as they are likely to aggravate the condition.