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2 Year Old With Pneumonia
My 2 year old has pneumonia. He has been on antibiotics for 2 days, but he's now complaining of his chest hurting. Should i be worried?
No: You are not "supposed" to have a vaporizer. If you have one and it helps humidify the air then ok. I would not suggest buying one for pneumonia. Humidifiers and vaporizers are not as popular as they were years ago as the hot ones can burn a toddler who gets out of bed and the cool ones can grow germs if the water is not changed regularly. If it works for you, then use it. Otherwise, no worries. ...Read more
My 2 year old son was diagnosed with pneumonia on friday, the 21st. I wanted to know when should I take him back to the emergency room? He is taking all his medicines.
See a Pediatrician: The er is not a great place for follow up care. It is best to see a pediatrician or your primary care provider. If you don't have one, it would be good to establish with one. Most kids with pneumonia should be checked in a couple of days to see if they are starting to improve. Definitely call the doctor if the fever does not decrease in a few days, increased breathing problems or anything new. ...Read more
My 2 year old was around another 2 year old my son now has pneumonia and red raised bumps on his arm and this child has MRSA could my child have this?
Varies with kid/Sx: I have treated many whose pneumonia was minor & treated easily at home with oral antibiotics. These often remain playful & active in spite of fever and rapid breathing. I have also treated some that were deeply affected by their illness, refusing to take fluids, play & overall looking bad- that needed several hospital days on IV fluids & meds before they could start playing again. Each case is unique. ...Read more
My almost 3 yr old has the start of pneumonia is on amoxil (amoxicillin) can my almost 2 yr old get it? Is pneumonia contagious
Not necessarily: But the organism causing the pneumonia may be contagious, even though it does not cause pneumonia in the sibling. Pneumonia just means that an infection has spread to the air spaces in the lungs. The same bacteria or virus could limit itself to the upper respiratory tract in another child. ...Read more
My 2yr old was dx with pneumonia and put on meds. She is still getting 102-103 fever when tylenol (acetaminophen) wears off. How long does it take for pneumonia to go?
I've had body aches, headaches, cough/ green & now brownish-grey phlegm for a week and it's not letting up. My 2 yr old seems normal, pneumonia?
Certainly possible: Surprisingly, bacterial pneumonia is less contagious, but often more worrisome than viral. Worsening symptoms for a week is concerning for a pneumonia and should be evaluated by a doctor. Also, knowing exactly what you have would be good for your 2-yo... To hopefully prevent them from getting sick, or at least know how to treat it quicker. ...Read more
My 2 yr old has a cold with cough, but no fever. How likely is it that he has bronchitis or pneumonia with no fever? A play mate of his has pneumonia.
Likly virus: Many more children have virus infections with cough than develop pneumonia from bacteria germs. Most of the time, bacterial pneumonia has at least some fever with it. Most of the time, bronchitis just means a wet junky-sounding cough. Call your doctor if fever over 100.5 comes up or if the illness lasts 5-7 days. The playmate could have a virus pneumonia that might be just a cold in your child. ...Read more
3 1/2 yr old son woke up coughing says his chest hurts when he breathes has had md pediatric pneumonia 2 yrs ago (exactly) should I wait to see doc?
In addition to infection, aspiration of an object, food or should be considered.
Your physician may suggest a chest radiograph to help determine the underlying cause.
If there are repeated episodes of infection, multiple systems such as ear infections, sinus infections, skin infections, immune deficiency should also be worked up ...Read more
Yes: Infections of the respiratory tract are contagious, but take different forms in different people depending upon age, immunity and a multitude of factors. Thus, one person ahs pneumonia, the next a sinus infection and the last cold symptoms only. Good handwashing and avoidance are the best prevention. ...Read more
Our 2 YO is using nebulized AS for RUL pneumonia. The doc said we could also give our 5 MO 2 trtmnt/day for RSV. Can we use the same .083% solution?
Yes: But details should be spelled out in a prescription ...Read more
My 2 yo was laying in bed drinking from a sippy cup watching tv. He coughed and almost spit up but swallowed it. Could this cause aspiration pneumonia?
Upright > 30 angle: This could lead to aspiration pneumonia or inflammation of the airway. Drinking while supine increases the chance for an ear infection as well. I would suggest having him sit up while drinking. If he shows any signs of respiratory problems or fever, a follow up visit should be done. ...Read more
2 yo choked on liquid, coughed, spit up and swallowed 2 days ago. Now he has cold and cough. Could it be aspiration pneumonia or a coincidence?
2 yo choked on drink, coughed, spit up & swallowed 2 do. Now has cold, cough. Meds stop cough. No breathing issue or fever yet. Aspiration pneumonia?
One year old has MRSA pneumonia, been on clyndomyacin for two weeks, is she still contagious, could someone get a MRSA infection or pneumonia from her?
Generally No: Very, very rare situation. At this stage should no longer be contagious, but check with your doctor. ...Read more
Suggest the best advice/Treatment for an 83-year-old patient having aspiration pneumonia, history of two strokes, temporary high blood sugar and high BP?
2 year old has two very light beige/very light brown, colored 2 spots recently appeared on his back, 5mm diameter, very fainted mark on back of his le?
Brown spots: Probably a cafe au lait spot which is just similar to a birth mark and won’t harm him. ...Read more
My 2 year old will go a whole day or two without food, whatever I put in front of him, how do I get him to eat more? I am worried about his health
Picky eaters: Picky eating will drive most parents crazy. At 2-3y their growth rate has slowed to ~5lb/3inch/yr which is much slower than earlier. Feeding matches need. Most feed well 4days a month & nibble the rest. Single item days are common(breads, vegies, etc) & a balanced week is more common than a balanced meal. If you only offer nutritious choices, they will get what they need. Vitamins are seldom needed ...Read more
Experiencing menstrual pains suddenly for the last two months. I have a 2-year-old girl. What could be the cause?
See your doctor : If you are noticing a sudden change in your cycle pattern that is recurring, you may want to see your doctor. They will be able to obtain your history and symptoms and determine a cause. You may want to rule out pregnancy. Take careful observation of any changes in the last two months that could cause this, like birth control changes, stress, addition or elimination of medications. ...Read more
My 2 year old has two pea sized lumps on his head. One near the top and the other half-way down the head on the left. They don't seem to bother him,?
Lymph node: There are many lymph nodes in the neck and back of the head that are often more noticeable because they are located where our fat pads don't hide them. If you feel around you should find several the size of a pea & sometimes bigger. They can increase to the size of a big peanut if stimulated by local factors, illness or vaccines. I would just monitor it. ...Read more
On two occasions my 2 year old has vomited mucusy bile in the morning but been fine after today she properly vomited and been fine what could it be?
Consider Drainage?: A.M. Vomiting is sometimes seen in children suffering from nasal drainage through night from allergies/cold. Vomitus can include mucous and children do well through day after drainage is cleared. A.M. Vomiting also seen with reflux. These children may also complain of sensitiity to certain foods, intermittent abdominal pain and acidic or sour burps. With reflux, limit late night eats, acidic f. ...Read more
My 2 year old daughter has two large knots near her groin/hip area. Is this something I should worry about?
Lymphadenopathy: What you are describing sounds like swollen/enlarged lymph nodes. This can be a normal finding but it is worth having her pediatrician take a look. They will examine the lumps and better be able to determine what they are and if there is cause for further investigation. ...Read more
My 2 1/2 year old daughter fell about two months ago and got a bump on her forehead. Has it checked by dr but there is still a small bump there...?
CALCIFIED HEMATOMA: There was some bleeding under the sheath covering the bone causing hematoma. The blood gets absorbed slowly. If a large hematoma, calcium deposits inside it making it hard. Over time body takes care of it, the hard mass slowly resolves, depending on the size, and goes away. Nothing to worry. ...Read more
My 2 year old's doc suspects he may have a combined CNS/PNS disorder. My doc suspects I have MS. Could the two be related at all?
CNS/PNS: It depends on what do you mean by CNS/PNS problem? ...Read more
My 2 year old has two tiny gray spots on teeth #o and #p near the bitting surface. His teeth look healthy and white so what could it be?
Possible decay: The spots may just be stain on teeth, or could be decay. See your dentist to check areas. ...Read more
My 2 year old has had congestion and a fever for 4 days. Two doctors visitors and strep and flu tests were negative. What can we give him?
Follow your doc's..: Advice. For viral illnesses there is very little that we can do besides "supportive care". Make sure that they are staying hydrated. Saline nasal spray to aid in thinning nasal secretions, treat fever as needed. The congestion will last 10 -14 days the cough somewhat longer (although progressively getting better). If your child is still having fever after the 5th day (greater than 100.4)go back to doc ...Read more
Hi, my grandfather had gram negative bacteria induced pneumonia. He had on and off fever for almost two month. he is 73 years old. why is this?
More info needed: Gram negative pneumonia occurs almost entirely in people either with underlying lung disease (emphysema, etc) or who have been hospitalized, including places like skilled nursing facilities. It's impossible to say more without a lot more information. Your grandfather's doctors should be able to answer. ...Read more