cold turn into pneumonia

Kassi - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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i took my son 2 the doctor friday the 19th... and the doc said he had a cold... at that time he only had a little cough and a sore throat... now he is hacking really hard, runny nose, very weezy, and when he coughs he coughs up a bunch of snot... neither my husband nor i have ever had pneumonia so we are not sure how we will know if he is getting it or if his cold is just worse... so my question is how will i know?

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Medic - posted on 02/22/2010

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His breathing will be really fast and shallow...but if you are concerned at all take him to the hospital. My sons cold turned into RSV and pneumonia in just a few days and hes three. When he was an infant he had a cold and within 12 hours he it turned into pneumonia and we spent the week in the hospital so just be careful.

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Kassi - posted on 02/28/2010

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ok well his snot is yellow every time we suck it out or he sneezes it out on his own... does that mean he has an infection? I'm sorry i wasn't ware that yellow was bad. i feel dumb.

Jamie - posted on 02/27/2010

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My micropreemie son has been to the doctor for several colds; and they rarely say what it is, just that its not an infectiion. However, I was a medical assistant at the same doctor's office, so I know thier system. Having worked in pediatrics, this is the best advice I can give you;

Never assume anything, always ask specifics, write down questions to ask beforehand, and write down the answers if you need to. Do your own research, either before, or after the office visit. A good pediatrician's office has nurses you can call and ask questions to, or they can ask your doctor. Your doctor may call in medications, or want to see your child again. A GOOD pediatricians office will not make you feel bad for calling and asking what they may feel is a silly question. I used to work in the office, and I still feel silly calling on some things, but I do it anyways, and I know they understand.

If you feel your doctor is not explaining things to you, its time you find a new doctor.



The color of snot makes a difference too, clear is usually ok, darker in the morning only, ok. Any coloring, green, yellow, etc, is indicative of infection, and breathing treatments will not help, antibiotics will. Breathing treatments only open up the passageways so the body can breathe better, and it seems to loosen the crud in the chest so they can cough it up.

Samantha - posted on 02/26/2010

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My son at 8 months had a bad cold. Took him to the Dr and the Dr said it was just a cold and to keep doing what I was doing. Almost a wk later he was still coughing and started to vomit while coughing. I said " okay somethings wrong". Brought him to the ER and sure enough....pneumonia. The ER Dr told me pneumonia is a second hand infection that spreads downward. which means you cant get it from a common cold...only from an infection. So now when ever I take him to the pediatrician I make sure its NOT an infection and just a cold. The ER Dr said when I brought him to his pediatrician he should have given me something for the infection. Sometimes they miss it I guess.

Rita - posted on 02/23/2010

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Dont take the fact that they did not tell you what his diagnosis is...as a sign. Doctor's, especially Pedi docs can be very arrogant. In and out of the room, hardly talk to the Mom's. It could have been an over site. Every time you take a sick child....start asking questions. What are you diagnosing my child with? How do you spell that condition? (to ensure you google it right) What is the treatment? for how long? and what symptoms would I see that warrent bringing him back or for urgent care?

Should you have to run him to the ER in the middle of the night, it is nice to be able to tell the ER staff, he was seen at XYZ place and diagnosed with XYZ....

When they perscribe medication, never assume it is an antibiotic. Have the Pharmacist explain it to you. Recently, my sister had a situation where the doc perscribed a medicine and she was giving it to my nephew. We were on the phone and she made mention she gave him motrin as well. I know that you cant give motrin with the meds they gave him. I told her. It was not marked on the bottle. The Pedi never told her, and the pharmacist just shoved an info packet in the package. If it were not for our conversation...she would have been giving him motrin for his discomfort, and it could have been devestating.

You should leave the office knowing what your child's diagnosis is...and what is considered worse and what perameters to bring him back, or know that he is fine.

If the Pedi is not satisfactory in your book. Time to hire a new doc, or get a second opinion. We tend to stick to what we know, and be afraid of the unknown.....if you are not completely satisified with your instructions, I suggest getting a second opinion, pick another pedi group and check them out. It will never hurt to have a second opinion, when you feel uncomfortable with the first one.

I hope this helps...

Kassi - posted on 02/22/2010

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it has gotten worse so i took him 2day but all they did was a breathing treatment and told me2 give him one every 4-6 hours and sent me home... they didnt even tell me what was wrong with him... should i just take him 2 urgent care or should i just take them not telling me anything as a sign that he is fine?

Rita - posted on 02/22/2010

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Go back to the doctor....go back. If it was mild, and the symptoms have gotten worse...absolutely go back. If there is wheezing involved, that impairs breathing. Hacking up tons of phlegm is a sign of an infection, that is for sure. If he is having difficulty catching his breath...I would drop every thing and have him seen! Wheeze and kids is bad news.

Kassi - posted on 02/22/2010

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thank u... i just got back from the dr... i cldnt get in2 c my regular dr so i had 2 c a different one... his oxygen level was 95% so they gave him a breathing treatment... he still sounds horrible and keeps coughing like he is trying 2 cough up a lung... she didnt say there was anything wrong with him... she said he didnt have pneumonia or even a cold anymore... so im like ok then what is wrong with him... and she said nothing... should i take him somewhere else bc it sounds like its more than nothing 2 me... or am i just worrying 2 much?

Jennifer - posted on 02/22/2010

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If he is weezing, then you should call the doc. It may not be pneumonia, but he still could need breathing treatments, and/or inhailers and steroids. My oldest used to wheeze a lot when he got colds, and even though he showed no signs (lips or nails turning blue) his oxygen levels would drop a little also.

Niki - posted on 02/22/2010

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When my 3 year old developed pneumonia and effusion in January, she just kept complaining that her side hurt. She never had trouble breathing. We only caught it because she and her twin had ear infections, and he seemed to get better with the medication but she wasn't.

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