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What is it?
Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lung caused by an infection. It is one of several infections of the lower respiratory tract that may be observed in children. The infection can be viral or bacterial. Viral pneumonia usually begins with cold symptoms and a cough, which progresses to wheezing and severe cold symptoms and fever. Bacterial pneumonia often start suddenly with shaking chills, a high fever, a cough, and signs of respiratory distress.

What to do

If your child has pneumonia symptoms, get him or her to a doctor as soon as possible. Bacterial pneumonia is treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonia is treated with symptom relieving medication, but this needs to be under a doctor’s care as it can be dangerous. Make sure the child is offered fluids regularly, and keep him at an even temperature.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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