Pneumonia is a serious lung infection usually caused by viruses or bacteria. Viruses cause most cases of pneumonia in children. The illness may be mild to severe.
Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics if your child has bacterial pneumonia. Antibiotics do not help viral pneumonia. In those cases, antiviral medicine may be used.
Rest, over-the-counter pain medicine, healthy food, and plenty of fluids will help your child recover at home. Mild pneumonia often goes away in 2 to 3 weeks. Your child may need 6 to 8 weeks or longer to recover from a bad case of pneumonia.
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.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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