Posted by: Zee01 | 2011/03/16


2nd Opinion

Hello doc!

Just wanted to check with you as well.
My 10 month old baby was hospitilized on Sunday due to fever that I could not get to break, and his breathing was very quick - about 64/ minute, and heart rate was 170.
He was put on a drip and antibiotics.
When the doc came to check the next morning, she said his lungs did not sound to bad, but his ears was very red.
His infection coune in his blood also was 63, instead of 5.
When the tested his blood again on tuesday morning, his infection in his blood was 76?!

But, everyone told me that because the fever started getting less, and his heartrate and breathing rate got less, he was getting better regardless of the blood resutls?!
Is this normal?

And the next thing, is that we are supposed to go camping near Brits this weekend, but I do not know if it is a good idea?
Although the people we are going with said the baby and I can sleep in their caravan?

What do you think?

Thank you so much!
I really value your opinion!

Expert's Reply



Thank you. It is almost certain that your baby has pneumonia. All the signs of pneumonia are there in this excellent description you have given here. The signs of infection are also there. Your baby must have been given antibiotics and must have been on oxygen as well which causes his breathing rate to return to more normal rates. The blood results still show a significant infection is present leading me to wonder if this is not a virus caused pneumonia. He must not leave hospital until he is really much better. You cannot go camping this weekend.It will take at least another 10 days before your baby is completely over this illness.

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