Pneumonia in Children

Common symptoms of pneumonia include fever. Cough, breathing difficulty, fast breathing are the usual features . Symptoms of pneumonia can range from mild to severe. The usual bacterial organism implicated is pneumococcal, Haemophilus, staphylococcal, viral causes include influenza, swine flu. Fungal pneumonia is rare. The severity of symptoms depends on the type of organism, age of the individual and general health of the patient. Treatment consists of giving oxygen if required, antibiotics, IV fluis. Vaccines are available in newborn including pneumococcal, Haemophilus, influenza.