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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)

Pneumonia is 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?

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

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?  

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?  

Possible Pneumonia: Your symptoms are indicative of a bacterial infections. It could be viral. Is there fever? I would recommend you be seen urgently in urgent care center, your doctor's office if you can or go to the er. A lot depends on your state of health, any chronic diseases such as pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease and any medications you are taking. Get seen asap. ...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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