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Aspiration pneumonia is an inflammation of your child's lungs. It may have happened after your child breathed in (aspirated) a foreign substance. This could be a substance such as food, liquid, vomit, or mucus.
Aspiration may have happened because your child has a health problem that makes it hard to swallow normally.
Pneumonia makes it hard for your child to breathe. Your child may get medicines to help him or her breathe. Or your child may need oxygen.
Your child may get fluids and medicines through a tube in a vein (IV).
Your child's symptoms may include:
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: June 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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