pneumonia?

Sonya - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my 8 month old son went for a chest xray on tuesday because of a cough, yesterday they told us he had pneumonia and now today is starting antibiotics but hes just starting to get a fever and his cough seems to be getting worse, how long should i wait to see if the antibiotics work? i had only heard of bebies being put in the hospital for this so i'm kind of nervous having him home

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Lydia - posted on 10/29/2009

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Like others have said - antibiotics do take a couple of days to really kick in. If there are new symptoms and you are worried I would call a health care line and ask their advice about the issue. If the temp is only mild try a little paracetamol to help bring it back down. At the end of the day he is your child and our motto is - rather look foolish over nothing than miss something!

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Hassan - posted on 10/20/2012

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HI!

My 10 days Old Daughter has some cough but no fever. Is it Pneumonia Symptoms. I went to doctor with my Daughter but he said no problem at all. its a just cold problem. Doctor said to me , clean nose with a nasal cleaner by cotton bird and also give a drop for uses her nose. if any problem please suggest me.

Sonya - posted on 10/30/2009

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^ yeah they only gave him biaxal.. i was very confused too but last night at the hospital they said his oxygen saturation was fine, just have to make sure it doesnt get any worse and that he doesnt get dehydrated but i dont think that will be an issue since he usually drinks 8-8ounce bottles per day! the hospital wouldnt admit him so i guess ill just have to play nurse for the next little while.. now last night our 22 month old was up most of teh time our 8 month old was at the hospital with a cough of his own.. i think its going to be a long weekend

Sharon - posted on 10/30/2009

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My son was 6 months old when he was diagnosed with pneumonia.



I'm curious? They only gave him antibiotics?



My son got breathing treatments - god those were a nightmare. Holding a struggling baby and trying to hold a mask over his face.



We never missed a treatment, never missed a dose of medicine, I got the top of the line thermometer and checked him CONSTANTLY.



He pulled through just fine.



Your son is 8 months old but adjusted for a preemie, he's a little over 6 months?



Our hospital wanted to admit our son but our insurance (omg gotta love that) wouldn't cover it. I was terrified having him at home but I was so relieved I didn't have to visit my baby in the hospital.

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When my son was 18 mos old he also got pnemonia and was given a prescript and sent home. He did fine with this...hope your son is alright! I don't blame you for being nervous or cautious! Can never be too safe when dealing with breathing!!!

Marnie - posted on 10/30/2009

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My daughter also had pneumonia when she was only 3 months old, she was in hospital on a drip for 5 days...I know how scary it can be. I think it is good you took him back, better to be safe then sorry. I just thought I'd mention that when she was in hospital our pediatrician started her with physio to help clear her lungs. We carried on getting physio every day for almost 2 weeks, they would also drain her nose. This helped wonders, it loosened everything up in her chest and brought it out. She hasn't had a problem since. It is definatly something to look into and definatly speeds up their recovery. Hope he is okay and best of luck.

Sonya - posted on 10/30/2009

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wow thank you all so much .. it wasnt our regular doctor who seen him, our regular doctor is usually super good. tonight he got a fever of about 102 so we gave him some tylenol but i noticed when i walked by him sleeping that he was pausing his breaths and making a grunt/moan when hed finally exhale and his coughings getting hard for him to catch his breath so my husband decided to take him into the childrens hospital to make sure everything is ok.. he was also 7 1/2 weeks premature and had laboured breathign when he was born for about 3 weeks and was on oxygen so anything with his breathing makes me that much mnore cautious.. thank you all so much fo rthe advice ill keep youall posted .. and ill look into that vaccine for sure

Shawna - posted on 10/29/2009

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if i dont thinksomething is right i always get a second opinion. i hope everything is fine and my pediatrician suggested with my first child to alternate tylenol and motrin and it has always done the trick with fevers. good look and i hope he feels better soon!!

Heather - posted on 10/29/2009

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The antibiotics do take a couple of days. You know him better then we do but with this don't want around to long if he is not getting better take him back!! I really do hope he gets to feeling better!!

Shanna - posted on 10/29/2009

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A fever is just the body's way of fighting infection. My doctor, and many of my nurse friends around me, say that unless the fever is above 100.5, there's no reason to give tylenol. Just make sure he's wearing breathable fabric and keep him "somewhat" cool. If he's taking breathing treatments or a decongestant, sometimes the cough sounds worse before it gets better. Antibiotics do take a couple of days to "kick in" so go with your gut...you know your son best! If he's lethargic or just not acting normal, take him back in. Hope he gets to feeling better soon :)

Brandy - posted on 10/29/2009

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I think I would go back to the doctor because he is developing new symptoms. With something so serious, you need to be sure even if it is just to make you feel better. I see that you also live in Alberta so our babies would be on the same immunization schedule. He would have had his first shot of pneumonia 7 at his 6 month shots and will get his second dose of it at his 18 months immunizations. I just wanted to mention that there is an immunization called pneumovax 23. It protects against 23 different types of pneumonia. I wanted to mention this because pneumonia is something that is often reoccuring and now that you know he's had it once, he may continue getting it every time he gets the slightest bit of a virus. Even the common cold can set it off. I know this because I got pneumonia 6 times in 2 years. I had it twice while pregnant with my first child and when she was 4 months old and I took her for her shots, I was sick with pneumonia again and the lady told me to come back when I was healthy and get the shot. It's been 2 years and I haven't had it again. Actually, I used to get horribly sick up to 9 times a year and I hardly even catch the sniffles anymore. I don't know how old you have to be to get this vaccine, but I had it while breastfeeding my daughter and they said it was completely safe so probably not that old. Something for you to look into anyways and see what you find. The antibiotics usually took about 3-4 days to start working and the breathing issues can last up to a couple months. It's really hard on your lungs having pneumonia. I hope your little guy feels better soon.

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2009

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From a mother of 4, My opinion is that if you are not comfortable with your doctors opinion get another physicians opinion- I would really watch the lungs closely - that is what scares me - getting in the lungs- I think that is the worst part. I would even ask about a nebulizer and ask if albuterol would help. some times the doctors need to be reminded- all they can say is no , right? I would treat the fever with childrens motrin - that seems to work well. I would wait a few days - make sure your child is drinking plenty of fluids to flush the toxins out (preferablly water / pedialyte) so that he does not get dehydrated and keep a close eye on the lungs. I am sure your child will be ok- just make sure he gets plenty of liquid, & rest. Also using Lysol to keep areas that he plays in or is around a lot clean will help as well - eliminating one germ at a time! The more germs - the longer you r sick.

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2009

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i would think after 3-4 days they should have kicked in, some can take up to a week. If you are at all worried dont hesitate to take him to the hospital!



if you can put a vaporisor in his room at night so he's not breathing in the cold air this should help with his cough.

Sandy - posted on 10/29/2009

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my son is 18 months and has had pneumonia three times now. He has only been in the hospital once and that was when his oxygen level dropped to 88%. the antibiotics usually start working by the third day at least that is what I have observed with my son. as long as he doesnt have any hard time breathing he will do fine at home and just keep an eye on his fever. I hope i helped

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