Videos of 2 year old and 6 year old children with whooping cough

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I am most grateful to Derrick and Dawn Grow in Idaho, USA, who have kindly let me use the video (video 1) they took of their son many years ago when he was about two and a half years old.  They took it to their doctor and was promptly diagnosed correctly. In this day of telephone video I would urge others to do the same.

He has a coughing paroxysm typical of whooping cough and he whoops loudly as well. What we see in the video is a relatively mild paroxysm. They can be much worse than is seen here.

Video 2 is a typical succession of paroxysms with whooping in a six year old child. They culminate in a sort of vomiting which is mainly of sticky thick mucus that has been coughed up. Once this is over there will be a lull of perhaps an hour or two before it is repeated.

When you see these you realise why it can be lethal in very young babies, and why it is vital they are protected by the rest of the family being immunized.

When you click on the link the video file should download and play in your default video viewer. When you close the viewer you should see this page again. You may have to click the back button. Because it is a relatively large file there may be a delay before it plays. Not all deviced play the different video formats, but the YouTube version should be fine. Remember to return via the back button.

2 year old child Video 1 (.MPG) If it does not play on your device try the YouTube version

6 year old child Video 2 (.WMV) If it does not play on your device try the YouTube version