When to get your child medical help for whooping cough
Get medical help urgently if your child is less than 12 months old.
Take your child to the GP as soon as possible if they have:
- symptoms of whooping cough
- a cough for more than 3 weeks, or which is getting worse
Call 999 or go to the hospital immediately if your child:
- is breathless, has moments of not breathing, shallow breathing, blue skin or choking
- can't be woken up
- starts having fits or seizures
Doctors can usually diagnose whooping cough by listening to the cough. You could take a recording on your phone to help with this.
Phone ahead to let them know that you think your baby has whooping cough.