Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Garth | 2008/09/01

Q.

Pneumonia for 2 years in a row

My 9 year old son has had pneumonia on 2 occasions in the past year. Last July and August this year. Will this have a long term negative affect on his lungs and/or his general health. How can we try and prevent a repeat of the pneumonia in the future.

He is a active, sporty, healthy child except for the two bouts of pneumonia.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is certainly unusual for normally healthy boy of this age to have two episodes of pneumonia in one year. Has your son been seen by a paediatrician to make sure that he does not have any underlying problem which would cause this to happen eg sinus disease, an immune defect or underlying chest disease such as TB?

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