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Pneumonia in children can usually be treated at home in the same way as flu, but it is important to see a doctor if you think that your child might have a lung infection as additional treatment is sometimes needed.
As long as your child’s symptoms are manageable, the doctor will usually recommend that you treat it at home. If the infection is bacterial, your child will be prescribed antibiotics, but these can’t help with viral pneumonia. Children with either kind of infection will need lots of rest and plenty of fluids. You can also give an infant painkiller such as ibuprofen to relieve any aches and help with the fever. A cool humidifier can also help to ease the effects of pneumonia in children. The symptoms should improve within a week, although the cough may last longer. If they get worse or don’t go away, you should seek medical advice again.
If your child is experiencing severe pneumonia symptoms, he or she may need to be admitted to hospital for some extra care:
While it isn’t always possible to avoid infection, there are a few things you can do to reduce the chances of pneumonia in children: