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Child With Pneumonia Go Swimming
Yes: If fever is down and child feels better and pool is not cold then swimming may be therapeutic. This is well served with common sense...Fatigued, short of breath, etc...No exertion= no swimming . Feeling good, back to normal and not an all day event at the water park, and water is warm (not a lake!) then yes. Ask your doc as that is best answer in your geographic area. ...Read more
Not advised: The child's respiratory capacity may be compromised, making them more prone to tiring and then risk of accidental drowning. With bacterial pneumonia, there is usually a fair amount of fluid in the lungs, and thus the capacity may be compromised. It would be ok to dangle feet in the water, but i wouldn't advise actual swimming until done with medicine and cleared by doctor. ...Read more
How soon does Aspiration pneumonia start?I was swimming last night andaccidentally inhaledsome water.I have had pain wheni breathe deeply occasionally
Inhaling pool water: Aspiration pneumonia usually occurs in debilitated patients who cannot protect their airway. I can imagine when u accidentally inhaled some pool water, u coughed vigorously. This is your body's way of protecting u. Patients that get aspiration pneumonia have largely lost this protective effect. If any pool water did somehow make it deep into your lungs, I believe u will recover just fine. ...Read more
Pneumonia: Probably not. If the child really has pneumonia and is a pre-kindergartner they belong at home with their parents until they have recovered, but obviously advice in this regard is at the discretion of the pediatrician seeing the child. Would frankly be surprised if many pediatricians were recommending attendance at preschool for a child with pneumonia. ...Read more
Pneumonia: Usually pneumonia will present with a cough, the child may have fever, chest pain, shortness of air, and when you listen to their chest with a stethoscope you will hear "rales" which are faint sounds over the area of the lung that is involved. Sometimes also rhonchi, which are tubular sounds made by congestion in the airways. ...Read more
Asthma: Asthma is the most frequent cause of multiple episodes of pneumonia. If the asthma is well controlled, pneumonia should be a very uncommon event. Other causes of frequent pneumonia can include immune dysfunction, recurrent aspiration, foreign body aspiration, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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