(HealthDay News) -- Pertussis, commonly called "whooping cough,"
is a bacterial infection with symptoms that are similar to those of
a common cold. In children, bouts of coughing often end with a
In young children, coughing spells can lead to dangerous
symptoms of vomiting, choking and even unconsciousness.
The University of Maryland Medical Center says other common
signs of pertussis in children may include:
- Symptoms of the common cold, which tend to start about a week
after the child is exposed to the bacteria.
- Severe coughing fits, which begin about 10 to 12 days after
- Low fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
- A runny nose.
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