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.

Pneumonia in Children

Treating Pneumonia at Home

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.

Treating Pneumonia in the Hospital

If your child is experiencing severe pneumonia symptoms, he or she may need to be admitted to hospital for some extra care:

  • An IV to ensure they are getting plenty of fluids. It can also deliver antibiotics if the infection is bacterial.

  • A nasal tube or face mark to provide extra oxygen and make breathing easier. Your child’s oxygen levels can be checked regularly and their nose will be suctioned to help keep the airways clear.

  • Additional treatment if your child develops any complications. Problems can be spotted and treated quickly when your child is on the ward.

Can You Prevent Pneumonia?

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:

  • Practice good hygiene to reduce the spread of germs. Although pneumonia doesn’t spread easily, catching a cold or the flu can put your child at risk of developing a more serious lung infection.

  • Don’t let anyone smoke in the house or around your child as this can increase the chances of upper respiratory infections and pneumonia in children.

  • Get your child vaccinated. If your child is eligible for the seasonal flu and pneumococcal vaccines, these can help to protect against lung infections.
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