Posted by: Wisey | 2005/12/07



What can cause a child to have pnuemonia? How long will the treatment last? Can it reappear if not properly treated?

Thank you!

Expert's Reply



There are several causes by both bacteria and viruses. A very common cause is due a virus known as Respiratory Syncitial Virus or RSV.This clears up after 7 to 10 days. Bacterial causes such as due to the pneumococcus for example are very responsive to antibiotics and the child is soon well again.

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Posted by: nic | 2005/12/12

im in the same boat with my dauther and have done some reading up on the internet trying to find some arnswers. ask ur dr about the vaccine "PREVENAR" and "PNEUMOVAX"

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Posted by: Andrietha | 2005/12/08

My daughter had pneumonia last year. It can be caused by flu that "go" worse. It MUST be treated by a doctor/ hospital with antibiotics as it could leave permanent damage to the chld's lungs. The child will also have difficulty breathing and if complications set it for the worse the child can die! Please don't leave this untreated.

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