Diagnosing and Treating Walking Pneumonia In Toddlers

The word pneumonia can be a cause for serious concern, especially when it affects the sick, elderly, young children and others with a weakened immune system. The good news is that most cases of pneumonias can be easily treated.

Causes and symptoms for Toddler Walking Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs and in toddlers it can caused by viral.

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. or bacterial infectiono It can start off as a common cold or the toddler could have upper respiratory infectiono The mild form of pneumonia is called walking pneumoniai It is caused by mycoplasma pneumoniaea It is mild but bothersome as its symptoms can linger for days together, even after the fever has gone, hence the namem

Walking pneumonia in toddlers exhibits symptoms like moderate to severe cough and medium to high fever with rapid and labored breathingn The toddler can develop dry cough which may get worse at night, sore throat, head ache, fatigue and weaknesss The other symptoms of walking pneumonia in toddlers may be skin rash, diarrhea, chest pain, chills, enlarged lymph glands, and muscle achese

Diagnosis and treatment for Toddler Walking Pneumonia

The diagnosis of walking pneumonia is done by taking into account the symptoms along with a chest X-ray and blood analysis to find what type of pneumonia the child hasa Walking pneumonia in toddlers is contagious and spreads in about 1-3 weeks of infectiono

However, its symptoms and signs are only gradually revealede Cultures are rarely done as they take long to grow, and the patient may test positive even after many weeks of getting infectede

The toddler might take more than six weeks to get completely well even after the symptoms are long gonen They can be treated with the right medicine and most often common antibiotics are of not much helpl However, the bacteria are sensitive to erythromycin, clarithromycin, azithromycin and tetracyline in older kidsd Remember that antibiotics are extremely useful when administered at the early stagese

In addition to walking pneumonia, the bacteria may cause infections in the ears, sinus, bronchitis, croup and other infectionsn Avoid cold and cough medicines for toddlers less than four years of ageg Antibiotics are not used to treat viral pneumonia as they do not have any effect on the virusu Walking pneumonia can affect the child at any time during the year and is not specific to any particular time or seasono It is important to keep the child hydrated with plenty of fluids to fight infection and prevent dehydration which can be a side effect to the difficulty in breathing and fever that accompanies walking pneumonia

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