My second son has been kinda sorta diagnosed with whooping cough. I say kinda sorta because it is extremely hard to diagnose usually only by default. I have been to the doctor twice now and they have actually called me at home to discuss the situation. For months now extra large child #2 has been coughing. In my best parenting and nursing skills I have told him to please cover his mouth. Then I tried to get him to take cough medicine but they haven't invented a palpable syrup that my dear 12 yo will swallow. I don't know why kids think it should taste good. It's medicine!! Anyway after I recovered from that episode and cleaned the floor I gave up on Delsyn and NyQuil. Actually I took a swig so I could sleep.
Now son is coughing really hard. He bends over and makes loud noises and is suffering. So he gets another day off school and I take him to the doctor again. This time steroid inhaler and some medicine that ends in -syn. After 5 days he is supposed to be better - only he's not. That's when they ( doctors one, two and three - cause I have an HMO or PPO or whatever but certainly not access to good health care) start talking Whooping Cough only they call it Pertussis, same thing just the fancy doctor name. All my children were immunized. I suffered the five year trek to the doctor and got my yellow card properly completed. Now here's the kicker that I need to share -
Even though you may have immunized your child at around 10 -12 years old the antibodies wear off and you need to get a booster shot. Well I learned that the hard way but you don't have to suffer. Get ye to the doc and get that pre-teen a shot or else suffer a cough that sounds like they are trying to hack-up a small internal organ. FYI this usually happens at the dinner table and seems to go great with meat mush or hamburger helper.
It lasts a long, long, time and it's painful so it's worth the trouble. Good luck.