Home > Infectious Disease > What is Whooping Cough? Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rate: (Click the stars to rate) Published on Sep 12, 2010 by Cleveland Clinic, Views: 2620 Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Ellen Rome discusses whooping cough symptoms & prevention. Whooping Cough starts in most kids as the common cold. Within several days to two weeks, children may start coughing so hard that they are throwing up, getting blue around the lip or blue in the whole face and are not able to catch their breath.