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is also known as Pertussis. It is an infection
of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis
(or B. pertussis). It's characterized by severe coughing spells that end in a
"whooping" sound when the person breathes in. There is not always this sound at
the end, so this can be confusing to parents when trying to treat at home
with homeopathic remedies.
Whooping cough begins with a cold and a mild cough.
Coughing bouts will then usually start and the coughing continues until no air is left in the lungs.
deep intake of breath produces a heaving 'whooping' sound when the air
passes the larynx (windpipe). This is why the disease has this name.
The child eventually coughs up some phlegm and these
attacks may be followed by vomiting.
In children, their temperature is likely to remain
Whooping cough can be very distressing for both the child
If untreated, coughing attacks may occur up to 40 times a day and the
cough can last for up to eight weeks.
Remedies for Whooping Cough
Aconite Best at the beginning of the
disease when the cough is dry and whistling, accompanied by fever; the
person complains of a burning pain in the larynx, and sometimes points to
it with the finger. The child may have been exposed to cold, dry winds right
before getting ill.
Antimonium tartaricum The child is worse when excited or angry, or when eating; the cough
culminates in vomiting of mucus and food. There is much rattling of mucus
in the chest, but the expectoration is slight. Cough will be worse 10 pm
until midnight and after eating and lying down. The cough will be in
paroxysms and the person will be breathless and exhausted afterwards. The
effort to expel the mucus may result in vomiting. The key indicator for
this medicine is that the chest is rattling with mucus, but hardly any comes
up. The child is demanding and will
be irritable and cross, and will cry when approached. The tongue will
be white and weakness will be present. If diarrhea is present with great
debility and depression of vital forces, or if the child vomits its supper
shortly after midnight. It also has marked aggravation form warm drinks.
Arnica Crying before coughing because recollection or previous soreness and
pain in present.
Belladonna In sudden violent paroxysms of whooping cough, without any expectoration,
and the symptoms of cerebral congestion, Belladonna will be found useful.
Epistaxis (bloody nose) may accompany and the person is worse at night.
Used mostly in the beginning of the disease or later, if there is fever.
In the beginning of the disease it use will shorten and modify the
disease. The attacks terminate by sneezing. The cough is excited by a
tickling in the throat, as if from down. Retching and vomiting and pain in
the stomach are prominent symptoms. When Belladonna is the remedy the congestive symptoms will be present and
active, the onset sudden; the child grasps at the throat and clings to its
mother, and is frightened.
Carbo Vegetabilis Early stage of
whooping cough. Cough triggered by itching in larynx. Racking cough. Spasmodic
cough with bluish face. Gagging, retching and vomiting of mucous with cough.
Burning in the chest with cough. Worse for: warmth. Better for: cool air; being
fanned. Cold sweat
with cough. Vomiting of watery fluid. Lump of phlegm after each attack. Wheezing
when breathing. Hoarseness. Wants to be fanned.
Cina This is an remedy in whooping cough that has the same rigidity as
Ipecac, where the child stiffness out and there is
a clucking sound in the esophagus when the little one comes out of the
paroxysm. Grinding of the teeth during sleep will further indicate
Cina. It is indicated by symptoms of worms and in
children who are predisposed to them.
For severe cases of whooping cough. Before the cough there is a
smothering sensation. The child gaps and becomes black in the face.
It is a remedy for that short, quick, ringing cough known as the "minute
gun" cough. The smothering shows itself in the form of gasping, crowing
inspirations. After each attack of cough the child sinks back exhausted. Constriction of the chest before the
This remedy is for paroxysms of cough with vomiting of clear, ropy mucus,
extending in thick, long strings even to the floor. This is sometimes
seen in children who cough and cough with this tenacious mucus stringing
from mouth and nose, waving to and fro until it finally gives way. The
paroxysms come on in the morning, and accompanying them there is often
vomiting of a clear, ropy mucus. A useful remedy for the protracted
bronchial catarrhs remaining after whooping cough. The excessive secretion
of mucus is marked and causes the child to strangle. The choking is characteristic, and so is the strangling.
metallicum For whooping cough accompanied with convulsions, or when the paroxysms
are long and interrupted. Spasms of the flexor muscles predominate. The
cough is very violent and threatens suffocation. This remedy will come
after Drosera and do good work.
Coughs has tough, gelatinous mucus, there is much rattling in the chest, and
the face and lips are bluish. There is relief from a swallow of
water. Cuprum is
good in cases accompanied with spasms, clenched hands, etc. Violent and
long-lasting paroxysms of cough that exhaust the person. Rattling, choking
cough. Spasms of muscles and cramps with the cough. Convulsive expectoration of
tough, gelatinous mucous during the paroxysm. Rattling of mucous in the chest
between attacks. Worse for: being touched; hot weather. Better for: cold drinks. Cough when
any part of the body is uncovered. Cough has a gurgling sound. Becomes rigid
during the attack and turns purple-black in face as if dead (cf. Corr-r).
Convulsions with the cough. Clenched thumbs during the cough. Vomiting after
the paroxysm. Bluish face and lips. Anxiety before the attacks. Irritable.
Worse for: breathing cold air.
Drosera The remedy is for cases with a barking cough in frequent paroxysms that
impede catching the breath. Worse in the evening. Efforts to raise the
phlegm end in retching and vomiting. The attacks are especially worse
after midnight; the child holds its epigastrium while coughing. The child cries a great deal.
Drosera acts better in pure,
uncomplicated whooping cough. Drosera is the one.
Hepar Sulphur The person is worse in the evening until 12 am and worse from cold, dry air.
Irritable, chilly and want warm wraps
because they have no
endurance in cold. They may have the covers drawn round them in bed and do
not want them moved. They are oversensitive to everything:
touch, noise, pain and will get angry as a result.
Ipecac Convulsive cough, where the child stiffness out and becomes blue or pale and
loses its breath. Great nausea and relief from vomiting are prominent
symptoms for Ipecac. A "gagging cough" is a good indication for the
remedy. The discharge of mucus is copious and tenacious, and the person is
very weak after the attacks. Violent shattering coughs following each other
in quick succession, not permitting recovery of breath, indicate Ipecac. he
child is limp and weak, and there is free perspiration.
Kali bichromicum This is a remedy cases where there is a hoarse cough. Child
breathes superficially and rapidly to prevent attacks of coughing. It is
a coarser cough than that of Hepar.
Cough is worse from eating and on inspiring deeply. Thick mucus in the nose, throat and frontal sinus.
yellow, tough and stringy, differing from that of Coccus cacti in
Sulphuricum Later stages if
whooping cough. Cough with retching but no vomiting. Mucous rattles in chest.
Yellow, slimy expectoration or profuse watery expectoration. Deep-yellow
expectoration. Tongue coated with yellow. Weeping with
the cough. Feels hot and sweaty. Easily angered and irritable. Fair complexion
and tendency to obesity. Worse for: evening; becoming warm; warm room or air.
Better for: cool, open air.
Ledum The cough has a spasmodic racking cough,
and should be thought of in connection with this affection.
Magnesia phosphorica The remedy is used for whooping cough which begins as does common cold.
The attacks are convulsive and nervous, ending in a whoop. The
indications may be stated as cough in severe paroxysms, with blue or swollen
and livid face, with a severe whoop.
Pertussinum This is the nosode of whooping cough. A spasmodic
hacking, deep-sounding, croupy cough with coryza and difficulty in getting
the breath are the indications.
exhausting cough. Tightness of chest with racking cough. Trembling of body with
cough. Hoarseness and almost total loss of voice. Cough triggered by strong odors. Worse for: lying on left side; cold air; talking.
the end stages of whooping cough. Cough from tickling in throat or
chest. Must sit up when coughing. Unable to talk from pain in larynx.
Expectoration of transparent mucous on rising in the morning. During the day,
expectoration of tough, whitish mucous. Expectoration of rust-colored, purulent
or bright, red, frothy, bloody mucus. Deep sleep by day but restlessness with
clammy sweat at night. Worse for: reading aloud; laughing; going into a warm
room from the cold; lying on back.
Cough that remains after whooping cough infection. cough that returns with every
cold. Flushing of the face.Cough with
chest pain, worse on the right side. Dry cough, waking from sleep and not eased
until the person sits up and passes flatus both ways. Chest pains also improved
by belching or passing gas (flatus). Hacking cough from dryness in the larynx,
worsened by lying down. Must sit up to cough. Cough from tickling in the throat
or trachea. Metallic cough, as though coughing through a metal tube. Tough,
offensive, rust-coloured expectorant.
Sulphur is an excellent remedy for
vomiting after the paroxysmal cough.