Bacterial Pneumonia In Toddlers
Submitted by Jenifer on January 18, 2012
In children pneumonia can be of different types, but the most common types are bacterial and viral. Bacterial pneumonia in toddlers refers to a serious condition that is a result of a bacterial infection in the lungs. This condition is highly contagious and can spread by touching items that are contaminated or inhaling droplets that have been spread by people who are infected. The bacteria that usually lead to bacterial pneumonia in infants are Streptococcus pneumoniae or other strep bacteria. The symptoms of bacterial pneumonia in babies usually become evident quite suddenly. The most common symptoms of...
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...bacterial pneumonia in toddlers and babies are irritability coughing, loss in appetite, and high fever. Some children may face symptoms that are a lot more severe, such as rapid breathing, grunting while breathing, chest pain, higher pulse rate, vomiting, diarrhea and bluish nails or lips.
Since bacterial pneumonia in toddlers can be quite serious, it is important to have a doctor check the baby, as soon as the symptoms become evident. In order to determine if the toddler suffers from bacterial pneumonia or not, the doctor may need to conduct a detailed physical examination, which may also include some blood tests, an x-ray and analyzing cultures of mucus that is produced by coughing. Once the tests confirm that the child is suffering from bacterial pneumonia, treatment will probably need to be started immediately.
Bacterial pneumonia in toddlers is usually treated with antibiotics that can be administered at home. The antibiotics prescribed will need to be given to the baby according to the schedule. Since loss in appetite is quite common in children who are suffering from pneumonia, the consumption of fluids should be encouraged. Parents need to check the child’s temperature at regular intervals, because if the fever goes over 102 degrees F in older children and 104 degrees F in newborns, the doctor needs to be informed. Severe cases of bacterial pneumonia in babies may require hospitalization. The child may also need to be hospitalized in case:
- Additional oxygen is required
- Taking in the medication is difficult because of excessive vomiting
- The lung infection appears to have spread into the bloodstream
- The immune system has been weakened because of another chronic illness
- The episodes of pneumonia are recurrent
Of all the different types of pneumonia that can affect babies, bacterial pneumonia can be the most dangerous, as it could lead to serious health complications, or even death. Therefore, this condition should be monitored by the doctor and treated as soon as possible.
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