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Forum Name: Pneumonia

Question: pneumonia in children


 momof2girls - Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:16 pm

my 4 year old has had a low grade fever off and on for about 3 weeks...she was first diagnosed with a bladder infection and when her fever would spike to 102 we went back in and was told she never had a bladder infection..they ran blood work and a chest x-ra and called today to tell us she has pneumonia in both lungs..her fever tays at approx. 99.8 and she is slightly irritable, no real appetite but is not coughing anything up or having problems breathing..she was put on two antibiotics and they want to follow-up with another x-ray in a week..does this sound right? should I be doing anything more?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:46 am

User avatar The information you've received certainly doesn't sound wrong. Assuming no mistakes have been made (and there's no reason to assume there have been, but this is the only qualifier to your question) this certainly is consistent with a common scenario in people of many ages, especially small children who cannot readily describe how they're feeling. The treatment also sounds appropriate. The condition is quite common, and generally runs a benign and self-limiting course. If she continues to improve and looks good at followup your daughter should be fine. If she develops any new symptoms or difficulty with breathing or extreme fatigue (or, of course, a higher fever) you'll need to notify the physician at once. Otherwise this normally will resolve fairly rapidly. Just keep her inside and away from sick people, and make sure she doesn't overdo -- she should be able to do pretty much as she feels up to doing, but shouldn't be doing a lot of zooming around til she's been declared clear, as even simple pneumonias can cause sudden energy drains and sometimes this can worsen the infection. On the other hand, absent any severe symptoms, while inside she should be able to play fairly normally.

Hope this is helpful. Please follow up with us here as needed and give us an update also. Good luck to you.

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