Call your doctor immediately if your child has any of the signs and symptoms of pneumonia, but especially if he or she: is having trouble breathing or is breathing too fast.
has a bluish or gray color to the fingernails or lips.
has a fever of 102°F (38.9°C), or above 100.4°F (38°C) in babies younger than 6 months old.
Why does my child keep getting pneumonia?
A child is more likely to get pneumonia if he or she has: Weak immune system, such as from cancer. Ongoing (chronic) health problem, such as asthma or cystic fibrosis. Problems with the lungs or airways.
When should I be concerned about my child’s cough?
Always call your doctor if your child is coughing and:
- has trouble breathing or is working hard to breathe.
- is breathing faster than usual.
- has a blue or dusky color to the lips, face, or tongue.
- has a high fever (especially if your child is coughing but does NOT have a runny or stuffy nose)
What are the danger signs of pneumonia?
The signs and symptoms of pneumonia may include:
- Cough, which may produce greenish, yellow or even bloody mucus.
- Fever, sweating and shaking chills.
- Shortness of breath.
- Rapid, shallow breathing.
- Sharp or stabbing chest pain that gets worse when you breathe deeply or cough.
- Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue.
How long does fever last with pneumonia in toddlers?
The fever lasts over 48 hours after your child starts taking the antibiotic. The cough lasts over 3 weeks.
Is pneumonia dangerous for toddlers?
The word pneumonia means “infection of the lung.” While such infections were extremely dangerous in past generations, today most children can recover from them easily if they receive proper medical attention. Most cases of pneumonia follow a viral upper respiratory tract infection.
What are the 4 stages of pneumonia?
Pneumonia has four stages, namely consolidation, red hepatization, grey hepatization and resolution.
How do I know if my child has pneumonia?
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Pneumonia?
- very fast breathing (in some cases, this is the only symptom)
- breathing with grunting or wheezing sounds.
- working hard to breathe; this can include flaring of the nostrils, belly breathing, or movement of the muscles between the ribs.
- stuffy nose.
- shaking chills.
Why does putting Vicks on your feet stop coughing?
Putting Vicks VapoRub on Your Feet Helps a Cough
Ari Sarsalari explains how putting mentholatum ointment on your feet can help cold symptoms. People swear it works: putting Vicks VapoRub on the souls of your feet and covering them with a towel or socks can get rid of your cough overnight.
When should I take my 4 year old to the doctor for a fever?
When should I call my child’s doctor?
- Call your child’s doctor immediately if your child is younger than 3 months old and his or her temperature is greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).
- If your child is older than 3 months, call your doctor right away if:
How long does it take for a child to get over pneumonia?
A child usually takes a couple of weeks to fully recover. Over that time the infection-fighting (immune) system will be cleaning up the pneumonia. Coughing up phlegm is part of the cleaning up process. The cough may last up to 4 weeks but should gradually be getting better over this time.
Does my toddler have pneumonia?
Common symptoms of walking pneumonia include a cough and a low-grade fever, usually no higher than 101°F, coupled with general feelings of tiredness and a headache. Children with walking pneumonia may also have some of the following symptoms: chills.
Does amoxicillin treat pneumonia in toddlers?
Viral and Streptococcus pneumoniae infections are most common in preschool-aged children, whereas Mycoplasma pneumoniae is common in older children. Preschool-aged children with uncomplicated bacterial pneumonia should be treated with amoxicillin. Macrolides are first-line agents in older children.
Photo in the article by “Wikimedia Commons”