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Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia in Children: When to Seek Medical Attention

Updated: Dec 21, 2022

Most colds resolve on there own with a little bit of rest and maintaining hydration levels, but there are times when they progress. Cold and pneumonia are both respiratory infections that can cause similar symptoms, but pneumonia is more serious and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Here are 10 common signs that a child's cold may have progressed to pneumonia:

  1. High temperature: A fever of 38°C or above may be a sign of a pneumonia or other more serious infection.

  2. Cough that doesn't stop: A youngster with pneumonia may have a cough that doesn't stop and coughs up phlegm or mucus.

  3. Shortness of breath: If a child is struggling to catch their breath, or if their breathing is rapid or shallow, this could be a sign of pneumonia.

  4. Shortness of breath: Pneumonia may be present if a child has trouble breathing, or if their breathing is shallow or quick.

  5. Weakness or fatigue: Even after resting, a young person with pneumonia may experience weakness or exhaustion.

  6. Loss of appetite: A youngster with pneumonia may not want to eat or drink and may experience a loss of appetite.

  7. Confusion or delirium: Pneumonia can occasionally result in delirium or confusion, especially in people with weakened immune systems.

  8. Bluish skin color: A youngster who develops blue or grey skin or lips may have low oxygen levels, which can be caused by pneumonia.

  9. Sweating and clammy skin: Children who have pneumonia can experience perspiration and cold skin, especially if they are feverish.

  10. Rapid breathing: A child's breathing becoming more rapid than usual may indicate pneumonia.

It's crucial to take your child to the doctor as soon as possible if they exhibit any of these symptoms. Antibiotics and other drugs can be used to treat pneumonia, but it's crucial to find it early in order to avoid consequences.

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