How can I treat pneumonia in my child at home?
Care at home
Your child will need a lot of rest. It is important to give your child fluids frequently to prevent dehydration. Offer small sips of water, and offer babies breastmilk or formula more often. Most children refuse to eat when they have pneumonia.
How long does it take to recover from pneumonia in a child?
How long will it take my child to recover? Some children will recover from pneumonia after ten days, but as many as half will take longer than this. Most children will have recovered after 3-4 weeks.
What are the danger signs of pneumonia?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes four features as danger signs in pneumonia. They include stridor, fast breathing, chest wall indrawing, and difficulty in breathing (labored breathing).
Is Vicks VapoRub good for pneumonia?
We are impressed that Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet actually helped a serious cough that signaled pneumonia.
How is pediatric pneumonia treated?
While in the hospital, treatment may include:
- Antibiotics by IV (intravenous) or by mouth (oral) for bacterial infection.
- IV fluids if your child is unable to drink well.
- Oxygen therapy.
- Frequent suctioning of your child’s nose and mouth to help get rid of thick mucus.
What can kids with pneumonia eat?
Your child’s healthcare provider may recommend water, apple juice, gelatin, broth, and popsicles. Give your child foods that are easy to digest. When your child starts to eat solid foods again, feed him or her small meals often. Yogurt, applesauce, and pudding are good choices.
Can I send my child to school with pneumonia?
Most kids with this type of pneumonia won’t feel sick enough to stay at home — and so, they “walk” around with it and often will feel well enough to go to school. But even if kids with walking pneumonia feel fine, they still need to stay at home for a few days until antibiotic treatment kicks in or symptoms improve.
Does having pneumonia as a child damage your lungs?
The long-term effects associated with early childhood pneumonia include restrictive or obstructive lung function deficits and an increased risk of adult asthma, non-smoking related COPD, and bronchiectasis. The studies underpinning these observations do however have important limitations.
Can a baby’s cold turn into pneumonia?
Most cases are mild, but for some children, an ordinary cold or flu can quickly turn into asthma, RSV or pneumonia that requires ER treatment or hospitalization.