Unless you have experienced the horror of hearing your baby’s breath rattling, and seen their tiny body being wracked by coughing fits, few of us can imagine the horror a parent feels when their baby has whooping cough.

In this video, a mother explains the journey she and her family went through when their beloved baby son – Oscar – caught whooping cough.

And it was indeed a journey. Oscar suffered from whooping cough for over 100 days. That’s almost a third of the year.

A third of the year, where you would be worrying about every breath your baby takes.

Watch Oscar’s story here:

baby has whooping cough

Whooping cough is a highly contagious – and highly dangerous – respiratory illness. It is usually mild in adults, but if your baby has whooping cough it can be life threatening for them. This is why vaccinations are so important.

Families with newborns should talk to their doctor about whooping cough vaccinations, which children usually receive at two, four and six months of age. Booster doses for parents, grandparents and other carers are also really important, and help keep kids safe.

For more information about whooping cough protection, click here.

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