Whooping cough symptoms
Adults often don’t realise they have whooping cough, which is also known as pertussis.
The disease starts with a runny nose and dry cough.
The cough gets worse over the next few weeks, often developing into very long coughing attacks.
In babies and children these coughing attacks often end with a ‘‘whoop’’ sound when breathing in, or end with vomiting.
Babies with pertussis can turn blue or stop breathing. If someone in your family has had a cough that ends with a ‘‘whoop’’ or vomiting, or that has lasted for two weeks or more, they should see their doctor for advice.