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pulmonologists: how comfortable are u with parents managing pneumonia at home preks? what=must go in

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on status: Kids with pneumonia have variable illness and many can be managed at home as a prek or younger. If they can tolerate oral medications & keep up with fluid needs they are unlikely to need oxygen , IV fluids or hospital based monitoring. Any child with low blood oxygen, dehydration, intolerance to fluids or poor access to care would likely go in.Its a call based on hx& exam, trust your doc to decide.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Great answer. Wishing you'all the best
Feb 12, 2012
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Pneumonia Rx: depends on the type of pneumonia, the Rx and especially how sick a child is. If the child cannot tolerate oral mediation or requires IV fluids, oxygen, or continuous nebulizer treatments to maintain adequate hydration and oxygenation, then inpatient care is a must. Many children are easily managed at home, but physician must always assess not only child but parent ability to care for the child.

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