Published on: 26 Sep 2021
- What is Pneumonia?
- What Are the Different Types of Pneumonia?
- Causes of Pneumonia in Children
- What Are the Signs of Pneumonia in Children?
- How is Pneumonia Diagnosed in Children?
- Treatment of Pneumonia in Children
- Is Pneumonia Contagious?
- Prevention of Pneumonia in Children
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pneumonia?
What Are the Different Types of Pneumonia?
- Group B streptococcus
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Group A streptococcus
- Productive cough
- Chest pain
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Decreased appetite
- Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV (seen most often in children younger than 5 years old)
- Parainfluenza virus
- Flu virus
- Cough that is persistent and can last three to four weeks.
- A severe cough may produce some mucus.
Causes of Pneumonia in Children
- Compromised Immune System
- Chronic health problems like cystic fibrosis or asthma
- Lung or airway problems
What Are the Signs of Pneumonia in Children?
- Cough that produces mucus
- Cough pain
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Tiredness (fatigue)
- Shaking chills
- Fast or difficult breathing
How is Pneumonia Diagnosed in Children?
Treatment of Pneumonia in Children
Is Pneumonia Contagious?
Prevention of Pneumonia in Children
Frequently Asked Questions:
Children with pneumonia caused by a virus usually have symptoms that occur over time and tend to be mild.
Mild pneumonia usually goes away in 2 to 3 weeks. Your child may need 6 to 8 weeks or more to recover from a severe case of pneumonia. Rest, over-the-counter pain relievers, healthy food, and plenty of fluids will help your child heal at home.
Signs of pneumonia can include:
- Cough, which can produce greenish, yellow, or even bloody mucus.
- Fever, sweating, and chills.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Rapid, shallow breathing.
- Sharp or stabbing chest pain that worsens when you breathe deeply or cough.
- Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue.
A diet rich in protein is beneficial for people with pneumonia. Foods like nuts, seeds, beans, white meat, and cold-water fish like salmon and sardines have anti-inflammatory properties which are good for pneumonia.
Mild pneumonia can usually be treated at home with rest, antibiotics (if it is likely to be caused by a bacterial infection), and drinking plenty of fluids. More severe cases may need hospital treatment.