Pneumonia in infants and newborns

Pneumonia in infants and newborns

Kinga Dziwisz (MPharm)

 Pneumonia is a serious infection of the lower respiratory tract. Due to its severe course and the risk of complications it poses a threat to health and life. Remember that even regular rhinitis in infants or newborns may warn of a potential pneumonia risk.

If you notice your baby has one or more of the following symptoms consult a pediatrician immediately:
clear deterioration of health (weakness, irritability, loss of appetite),
a fever,
rhinitis lasting for a prolonged period,
a cough,
loud wheezing breath.
Remember that not every case of pneumonia proceeds with a very high fever.

If the physician diagnoses pneumonia in a newborn or an infant, hospital treatment will most likely be necessary due to the need to give antibiotics in an intravenous manner (such a form of medication is safer for a very small child and gives the chance for quick and effective treatment).

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