We urge you consult with a
professional homeopath for guidance with the correct
remedy and dosing for whooping cough.
is also known as Pertussis. It is an infection
of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis
(or B. pertussis). It's characterized by severe coughing spells that end in a
"whooping" sound when the person breathes in. There is not always this sound at
the end, so this can be confusing to parents when trying to treat at home
with homeopathic remedies.
Symptoms of Whooping Cough
The disease begins with a cold and a mild cough.
Coughing bouts will usually
then start. The coughing continues until no air is left in the lungs. Then a
deep intake of breath produces a heaving 'whooping' sound when the air
passes the larynx (windpipe). This gives is why the disease has this name.
The child eventually coughs up some phlegm and these
attacks may well be followed by vomiting.
In children, their temperature is likely to remain
Whooping cough can be very distressing for both the child
Coughing attacks may occur up to 40 times a day and the
cough can last for up to eight weeks.
Remedies for Whooping Cough
Aconite best at the beginning of the
disease when the cough is dry and whistling, accompanied by fever; the
patient complains of a burning pain in the larynx, and sometimes points to
it with the finger. The child may have been exposed to cold, dry winds right
before getting ill.
Antimonium tartaricumThe child is worse when excited or angry, or when eating; the cough
culminates in vomiting of mucus and food. There is much rattling of mucus
in the chest, but the expectoration is slight. Cough will be worse 10 pm
until midnight and after eating and lying down. The cough will be in
paroxysms and the patient will be breathless and exhausted afterwards. The
effort to expel the mucus may result in vomiting. The key indictaor for
this medicine is that the chest is rattly with mucus, but hardly any comes
up. The child is demanding and will
be irritable and cross, and will cry when approached. The tongue will
be white and weakness will be present. If diarrhea is present with great
debility and depression of vital forces, or if the child vomits its supper
shortly after midnight. It also has marked aggravation form warm drinks.
has crying before coughing because recollection or previous soreness and
pain in present.
CinaThis is an remedy in whooping cough that has the same rigidity as
Ipecac, where the child stiffness out and there is
a clucking sound in the esophagus when the little one comes out of the
paroxysm. Grinding of the teeth during sleep will further indicate
Cina. It is indicated by symptoms of worms and in
children who are predisposed to them.
Cuprum MetallicumFor whooping cough accompanied with convulsions, or when the paroxysms
are long and interrupted. Spasms of the flexor muscles predominate. The
cough is very violent and threatens suffocation. This remedy will come
after Drosera and do good work.
Coughs has tough, gelatinous mucus, there is much rattling in the chest, and
the face and lips are bluish. There is relief from a swallow of
water. Cuprum is
good in cases accompanied with spasms, clenched hands, etc.
For severe cases of whooping cough. Before the cough there is a
smothering sensation. The child gaps and becomes black in the face.
It is a remedy for that shot, quick, ringing cough known as the "minute
gun" cough. The smothering shows itself in the form of gasping, crowing
inspirations. After each attack of cough the child sinks back perfectly
exhausted. It is perhaps indicated in the later stages but the neurotic
element must be present, and also the constriction of the chest before the
This remedy is for paroxysms of cough with vomiting of clear, ropy mucus,
extending in thick, long strings even to the floor. This is sometimes
seen in children who cough and cough with this tenacious mucus stringing
from mouth and nose, waving to and fro until it finally gives way. The
paroxysms come on in the morning, and accompanying them there is often
vomiting of a clear, ropy mucus. A useful remedy for the protracted
bronchial catarrhs remaining after whooping cough. The excessive secretion
of mucus is marked and causes the child to strangle. The choking is
characteristic, and so is the strangling.
The remedy is for cases with a barking cough in frequent paroxysms that
prevent catching the breath; worse in the evening. Efforts to raise the
phlegm end in retching and vomiting. The attacks are especially worse
after midnight; the child holds its epigastrium while coughing. The child cries a great deal.
Drosera acts better in pure,
uncomplicated whooping cough. Drosera is one of the remedies praised by
Hahnemann; indeed, he once said that Drosera 30C sufficed to cure nearly
every case of whooping cough.
In sudden violent paroxysms of whooping cough, without any expectoration,
and the symptoms of cerebral congestion, Belladonna will be found useful.
Epistaxis (bloody nose) may accompany and the patient is worse at night.
Used mostly in the beginning of the disease or later, if there is fever.
In the beginning of the disease it use will shorten and modify the
disease. The attacks terminate by sneezing. The cough is excited by a
tickling in the throat, as if from down. Retching and vomiting and pain in
the stomach are prominent symptoms. When
Belladonna is the remedy the congestive symptoms will be present and
active, the onset sudden; the child grasps at the throat and clings to its
mother, and is frightened.
the person is worse in the evening till 12am and worse from cold, dry air.
Also they are irritable, chilly and want warm wraps because they have no
endurance in cold. They may have the covers drawn round them in bed and do
not want them moved. Additionally they are oversensitive to everything:
touch, noise, pain and will get angry as a result.
IpecacConvulsive cough, where the child stiffness out and becomes blue or pale and
loses its breath, great nausea and relief from vomiting are prominent
symptoms for Ipecac. A "gagging cough" is a good indication for the
remedy. The discharge of mucus is copious and tenacious, and the patient is
very weak after the attacks. Violent shattering coughs following each other
in quick succession, not permitting recovery of breath, indicate Ipecac. he
child is limp and weak, and there is free perspiration.
Mephitis This remedy is useful in a cough with a well marked laryngeal spasm, a
whoop. Cough is worse at night on lying down, there is a suffocated feeling,
and the child cannot exhale. The catarrhal symptoms are
slight, but the whoop is prominent. The smothering comes on with cough,
while with Corallium rubrum it comes on before the cough, and is followed by
great exhaustion. There is not much expectoration with Mephitis. There
are many spasmodic symptoms with this remedy, such as cramping of the legs
Kali bichromicumThis is a remedycases where there is a hoarse cough; child
breathes superficially and rapidly to prevent attacks of coughing. It is
a coarser cough than that of Hepar,
worse from eating and on inspiring deeply; there is a general catarrhal
involvement of the nose, throat and frontal sinus, and the expectoration is
yellow, tough and stringy, differing from that of Coccus cacti in
Ledum has a spasmodic racking cough,
and should be thought of in connection with this affection.
The remedy is used for whooping cough which begins as does common cold.
The attacks are convulsive and nervous, ending in a whoop. The
indications may be stated as cough in severe paroxysms, with blue or swollen
and livid face, with a severe whoop.
Naphthalin is used when
the cough is very dry and catarrhal symptoms not pronounced, the paroxysms
of extreme length and the constriction of the chest are present. It is a
remedy that is especially suitable to whooping cough in adults.
Pertussin is the nosode of whooping cough. A
spasmodic hacking, deep-sounding, croupy cough with coryza and difficulty in
getting the breath seem to be the indications.
is useful when there is hoarseness, rawness in the throat and larynx, and
Sulphur is an excellent remedy for
vomiting after the paroxysmal cough.
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