If you suspect that your child has pertussis, call a doctor. The doctor may take a medical history, physical exams, mucus samples, blood tests and chest X-rays.
Pertussis is mainly treated with antibiotics. It is important to treat pertussis as early as possible for this will make your infection less serious.
Treatment will also help in preventing the spread of disease from an infected person to other.
After three weeks of infection, the treatment will not be effective. You will still have symptoms but the bacteria are not present in your body by then.
To clear the airways, a child, while in the hospital, may need suctioning. The child’s breathing will be closely watched and he or she will be given oxygen if needed. If a child indicates signs of dehydration or has difficulty eating, intravenous fluids might be required.
Safety measures will be taken to avoid the spreading of infection to other patients, hospital staff, and visitors.
Because pertussis can be critical for infants, they are likely to always need hospital treatment.