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Doctor insights on: 2 Year Old With Pneumonia

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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Are you supposed to use a vaporizer for a 2 year old child with pneumonia?

Are you supposed to use a vaporizer for a 2 year old child with pneumonia?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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?

It's possible...: ...Particularly if any of the "red raised bumps" are pustules ("white-heads"). If so, ask your doctor to unroof one of them and culture the contents. Mrsa will usually require extra treatment, over & above whatever is being used to treat the pneumonia. ...Read more

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Pneumonia in a 2 year old child. Is that a minor illness or a serious one?

Pneumonia in a 2 year old child. Is that a minor illness or a serious one?

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

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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

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

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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?

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?

Pneumonia: It can take a few days for the fever to break on the antibiotics, and if it doesn't then needs a follow up bc oral might not be enough and Iv antibiotics might be needed. ...Read more

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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

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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.

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

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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?

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?

Choking/aspiration: 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

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My 2yr old grandson was diagnosed with bronchiolitis and pnemonia. Is the pnemonia contagious?

My 2yr old grandson was diagnosed with bronchiolitis and pnemonia. Is the pnemonia contagious?

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

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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?

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 also. 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

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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 liquid, coughed, spit up and swallowed 2 days ago. Now he has cold and cough. Could it be aspiration pneumonia or a coincidence?

M.D. visit: It is possible that your child has developed an infection of the upper and/or lower airway as a result of aspiration of mouth or stomach contents. I would suggest follow up and checking your child's temperature. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Probably not: Sounds like a simple choking episode. Things to watch for and see your physician would be increased respiratory rate, difficulty breathing and/or fever. If you have further concerns I would schedule an appointment with their doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Suggest a best advice/Treatment for a 83 year old patient having aspiration pneumonia, history of two strokes, temporary high blood sugar and high BP?

Suggest a best advice/Treatment for a 83 year old patient having aspiration pneumonia, history of two strokes, temporary high blood sugar and high BP?

Difficult problem: One might consider sleeping elevated. The history of strokes means a possible problem swallowing in which case a gastrostomy feeding tube may be the last resort. A modified barium swallow with speech pathology may provide more answers. Good luck ...Read more

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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

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

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My 2 year old kid as frequent cough...Afer gap of 2every two months?

My 2 year old kid as frequent cough...Afer gap of 2every two months?

Colds are common...: Especially in young kids. You can expect kids less than 5 to geta cold or cough every one to two months. If cough lasts for several days or interferes with usual activities, you should see a pediatrician to discuss possibility of asthma. ...Read more

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