Pneumonia in Children Laguna Beach

About Pneumonia in Children

Pneumonia is a general term for lung infections. While in the past deaths from pneumonia were common, most children today are likely to make a full recovery with prompt and proper medical attention.

Symptoms

Pneumonia symptoms vary by age and the cause of the pneumonia. Some of the signs to watch for include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Labored breathing
  • Fast breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Worsening cough
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting

 

Certain types of pneumonia may have a more specific set of symptoms that make it easier to identify them. These types include pneumonia caused by whooping cough, chlamydia, and walking pneumonia.

Because pneumonia and upper respiratory tract infections can have similar symptoms, and are sometimes experienced in conjunction, it is important that your pediatrician diagnose the symptoms to determine the best course of treatment. The only way to know if your child has pneumonia is to see a doctor.

 

Treatment

Because it is impossible to tell if a pneumonia case is caused by a virus or not, your pediatrician will begin any pneumonia treatment with antibiotics. The type of antibiotics prescribed will depend on your child’s age and overall health. Intravenous antibiotics are usually administered to children under three months, while older children may take antibiotics by mouth or at home.

If your child’s condition does not improve within 48 hours of antibiotic treatment, they will need to be re-examined by the doctor.

Most children will recover from pneumonia and will not suffer from recurrent cases. However, underlying medical conditions can be the true cause of pneumonia and cause it to return, such as a weakened immune system, premature birth, or a structural defect in the lungs or bronchi.

In general, pneumonia is not contagious, but the germs that cause it can be.

If your child is suffering from pneumonia symptoms, make an appointment right away to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. The Laguna office of Newport Children’s Medical Group offers world class care to help your child recover and keep them in the best health possible. Call us today to make an appointment with one of our skilled pediatricians.