Littleton Pediatric Offices Warn Parents of Dangers of Whooping Cough

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the Bordatella pertussis bacterium. Unfortunately, a report from The Weston Forum has indicated that cases of pertussis have been rising steadily in the past few years:

“Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was considered an eradicated childhood illness until recently. It is now re-emerging as a serious, and potentially fatal, health risk to infants less than 12 months of age and older adults.

More than 48,000 cases were reported nationwide in 2012, including 15 infant deaths.”

Bordatella pertussis spreads like most other respiratory diseases, by travelling through saliva droplets expelled by an infected person who coughs or sneezes without covering his or her mouth. These droplets float around the air until someone inhales it and becomes infected as well.


Children Should See a Littleton Pediatrician to Avoid the Flu Outbreak

The flu is one of the most infectious diseases in the world. It is contracted when a person becomes infected with the influenza virus, usually coming from an already-infected person who fails to cover his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing. According to health experts, roughly 5 to 20 percent of the American population comes down with the flu every year.

Children are especially vulnerable to the disease. Parents should pay close attention when their child complains of a fever, fatigue, body pain, chills, headaches, and a sore throat. If a child complains of these symptoms, it is probably for the best to bring him or her to a Littleton, CO pediatrician, such as Dr. Michael Frand and colleagues, to have the symptoms properly diagnosed, since the common cold and the flu share several symptoms.