What Parents Should Know About The Signs And Symptom Of Pneumonia

Pneumonia continues to be the leading cause of death worldwide for children under five years old. It’s therefore something all parents and expecting parents would benefit from an increased awareness of. However, it seems that while the word pneumonia strikes concern with many of us, it also leaves a lot of blanks to be filled in.

Just what is pneumonia, and how is it different from a cold or flu? How can you keep an eye out for it, and what should you do if you suspect that your child may be suffering from it? These questions and more will be addresses in the following resources, compiled to make every parent more aware of how to keep pneumonia from taking hold in their child’s lungs and what to do if it does.

General Information Signs and Symptoms Treatment Resources Prevention Resources Pneumonia and Pregnancy Pneumonia and Infants Resources for Kids at Higher Risk Information for Kids and Teens

General Information

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Pneumonia has the basics of signs, symptoms, and treatment for pneumonia in children. The information provided here is from a reputable source on children’s health and is a great place for parents with questions and concerns about pneumonia to start their investigation.
  • Childhood Illnesses: Pneumonia addresses frequently asked questions parents often have about pneumonia. Symptoms, treatment, prevention, risk factors, and other questions and concerns about this illness are answered in an easy to understand format.
  • Children’s Hospital Boston: Pneumonia is particularly useful resource for those with questions about the different types and causes of pneumonia. The diagram presented at the top of the article helps visualize how pneumonia impacts the body, and signs, symptoms, risk factors, treatment, and prevention are all covered here.
  • Important Information on Pneumonia will help parents better understand pneumonia and how to look out for it in children. Questions about the nature of this infection, and the risks and complications that come with it are covered here, along with practical information about prevention, treatment, and symptoms.
  • NMSU: Pneumonia is a site published by New Mexico State University with a focus on the causes of pneumonia and natural treatments and preventative measures. It’s particularly useful for those parents curious about where and how their children may have picked up pneumonia, and does an excellent job describing the many different causes for these infections.
  • Parenting and Child Health: Pneumonia has a number of good information pages on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pneumonia in children. This site is specifically tailored to the needs and questions parents of children with pneumonia may have about the infection, and also provides a clear explanation of how lungs work, and how pneumonia gets in the way of this process.
  • Pediatrics Now: Pneumonia has much of the general information provided by other sites about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for Pneumonia. This site also has an additional section on special concerns related to school and after school programs that may be helpful to parents of school age children.
  • PKIDS Online: Pneumonia is a great starting resource for parents who have questions about pneumonia. Though the information on this site is not as thorough as some, it provides a great overview of the illness, as well as its signs, symptoms, treatment, prevention, and risk factors that can help parents formulate more specific questions to guide their online search or their conversations with a pediatrician.
  • PneumoniaSymptoms.org provides a lot more than just information about the symptoms of this commonly misunderstood illness. If you have a question about pneumonia that you’re having trouble finding resources to answer, this site is a comprehensive collection of information about pneumonia that will answer even some of your toughest questions.
  • The Mayo Clinic: Pneumonia provides a comprehensive overview of pneumonia. This site is not specific to youth, but is full of well-researched information to help parents better understand and manage pneumonia when it strikes, and to recognize signs early and prevent it from developing further.
  • University of Maryland: Pneumonia Prognosis offers a comprehensive look at pneumonia, including signs, symptoms, risk factors, and potential complications. The site is well organized and easy to search to get your questions about pneumonia answered.
  • World Vision: Fact Sheet on Pneumonia will help parents better understand the broader picture of pneumonia in children on a global level. This site will help parents prepare for pneumonia, and will also put into perspective what they read and hear about pneumonia in the context of their own living situation and conditions.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Could it be Pneumonia? is a site dedicated to helping parents distinguish between the signs and symptoms of the flu, the common cold, and pneumonia. If you’re not sure what your child is suffering from, check out the signs here to get some clarity.
  • Kids Health for Parents: Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia provides an easy to use list of the signs of pneumonia to look for in your children. Thorough descriptions of some of the more common symptoms are provided below the overview of signs and symptoms. Some information on prevention and treatment is located on pages 3 and 4 of the article.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia covers the basics in signs and symptoms to watch out for when you’re concerned about pneumonia. Signs related to complications that go along with the infection are also covered.
  • Signs and Symptoms of Pediatric Pneumonia offers a brief and easy to understand look at just the signs and symptoms of pneumonia in children. A particularly helpful feature of this site is that it explains specifically what each symptom is likely to look like in your child if pneumonia is the culprit in their illness.
  • What Parents Should Know About Pneumonia is a great article for all parents of young children to read, whether they suspect their children have pneumonia or not. This article will inform you about what symptoms to watch for (which may be less than you think), so that you can catch pneumonia in your child before it has a chance to take hold.

Treatment Resources

  • Antibiotic and Antiviral Drugs is a segment of The New York Times‘ in-depth report on pneumonia that will help curious parents better understand the treatment options for pneumonia, and which one your doctor is recommending or providing for your child. If you’d like to stay critically informed about the medical decisions being made to treat your child’s pneumonia, this site will help you understand the different medications prescribed.
  • Don’t Panic If Your Child Gets Pneumonia gives you the facts about what to look for and what to be concerned about with Pneumonia, but also gives parents peace of mind when dealing with a child who has pneumonia. Though it’s a serious condition, and can have severe consequences if not dealt with, not all pneumonia in children is a reason to panic.
  • Home Remedies for Pneumonia in Children gives parents home remedies to treat the symptoms of pneumonia that are plaguing their children. This site does not suggest that parents shouldn’t take their kids to see the doctor, but gives them ideas for additional ways to ease the symptoms of pneumonia at home.
  • Kids Health Information for Parents: Pneumonia is published by an Australian Children’s hospital and has a particularly clear section on treatment (in the home and in the hospital) for children with pneumonia. As a parent, this is a great site to visit to figure out how to best support your child’s return to health.
  • Pneumonia in Children: What You Should Know provides information for parents about how to best help your child recover from pneumonia once he/she has seen the doctor. Tips about over the counter medications and other home-care methods are provided, as well as signs to watch for that your child may need to return to see a doctor or even visit the hospital.
  • Pneumonia Prevention and Treatment gives clear answers to families of all income levels (and specifically those with limited access to healthcare resources) about how to prevent and treat pneumonia. Don’t wait until it’s too late; find out how to keep your child healthy by visiting this site.
  • Step by Step: Recovering from Pneumonia is a straight forward guide to help you or your children recover from pneumonia. Though this article is written for all sufferers of pneumonia, the advice is pertinent to parents, and addresses many of the pitfalls that can lead to a resurgence of the infection.

Prevention Resources

  • ABC News: Lung Infection Up In Wake of Kids Pneumonia Vaccine reports on the findings of a study which indicates that the rates of the lung infection, empyema, (which is a complication of pneumonia) have gone up even as the pneumonia vaccine has become more prevalent. However, the article also reports on positive findings related to the vaccine, and is worth reading for parents considering the Pneumococcal Vaccine for their children.
  • CDC: Pneumococcal Vaccination is the Center for Disease Control’s Page about vaccinations that prevent the most common causes of pneumonia. The CDC currently recommends the PCV13 for children under 5, and parents can find out more information about the vaccination on this site.
  • Family Doctor: Pneumococcal Vaccine – What Parents Need to Know briefly and clearly a ddresses a number of important questions about vaccinating against the most common cause of pneumonia. Information on this site is more condensed than on the CDC site, and may be a good place to start your investigation of the immunization options for your child.
  • How To Prevent Pneumonia in Kids is dedicated primarily to pneumonia prevention techniques for kids. While some focus is given to vaccines, much of the information on this page is about everyday lifestyle choices you and your children can make to greatly reduce the chances of pneumonia taking hold in their lungs.
  • How to Prevent Pneumonia in Your Child is another site dedicated to both lifestyle and medical approaches to pneumonia prevention in children. In addition to vaccines and lifestyle changes, vitamin supplements are also discussed here.

Pneumonia and Pregnancy

  • Chlamydia and Pregnancy provides information on the diagnosis and treatment of this common STD for women who are pregnant. Being born to a mother with Chlamydia is the leading cause of early infant pneumonia, so this site is an important read for women who are expecting.
  • Group B Strep Infection is published by the American Pregnancy Association, and is designed to answer expecting mother’s questions about GBS, which poses a risk for pneumonia and other complications to infants. This is a good source to answer your questions about GBS before learning more about the screening process at the CDC site below.
  • Pneumonia During Pregnancy answers questions and dispels myths about the risks of pneumonia during pregnancy. If you have pneumonia and are worried about how it might affect your unborn child, visit this site to determine how significant the risks are.
  • Pneumonia in Pregnancy addresses the most basic things to think about for the pregnant mother with pneumonia. While the site is not comprehensive, it does provide a solid overview of the potential complications associated with pneumonia for both the pregnant mother and the newborn baby.
  • Protect Your Baby from Group B Strep is the CDC website that offers information for expecting mothers about GBS Screening during pregnancy. Group B Strep is one of the primary causes of pneumonia and other serious illness in newborns. Informational brochures are available to download from this site in both Spanish and English.

Pneumonia and Infants

  • ABC News: Breastfed Babies Less Likely to Get Pneumonia is a news brief detailing the findings of one study which found that babies who were breastfed were significantly less likely to develop pneumonia. Other studies with similar results have been done, and this article would be a good place to start your inquiry into the topic if you’d like more information.
  • Infant Pneumonia Symptoms specifically addresses the signs and symptoms of pneumonia in infants, as well as the processes for diagnosis and treatment. The symptoms of viral, bacterial, and Chlamydial pneumonia are each given unique attention on this site.
  • Neonatal Pneumonia: Signs and Symptoms is a straight-forward resource for parents wondering about the causes, signs, and symptoms of neonatal pneumonia, and how to best prevent it from taking hold in infants. This will be a particularly useful site to visit for mothers who had health complications during pregnancy or gave birth to a premature baby, as these infants are the most at risk.
  • Pneumocystis Pneumonia is an article that explains the causes and symptoms of a type of pneumonia frequently diagnosed in babies with other medical conditions, like cancer, AIDS or other conditions affecting the immune system. If your child suffers from one of these conditions, this site will help inform you about the symptoms to look out for.
  • What Is Neonatal Pneumonia? provides a clear description for parents about the causes and risks of neonatal pneumonia, which can strike in newborns as early as 24 hours after birth. This site will answer your initial questions about what neonatal pneumonia is, and how doctors will attempt to treat it.

Resources for Kids at Higher Risk

  • Aspiration Pneumonia in Children with GERD addresses the increased risks of pneumonia through aspiration that children with acid reflux disease have. This site is specifically oriented toward pneumonia risks and complication issues with young children and infants.
  • Asthma is Key Risk Factor for Pneumonia in Children is an article detailing the pediatric research findings that connect asthma to higher rates of pneumonia in children. Though asthma itself is not a cause of pneumonia, being aware of how it may increase your child’s risks could help you make preventative decisions before pneumonia strikes.
  • Disease and Lifestyle Related Pneumonia Risk Factors offers specific information in a variety of categories that put people at an increased risk for pneumonia. A section on risk factors for children is included to help parents determine whether their child is in a high risk category.
  • GERD Treatments may Increase Risks for Pneumonia offers research findings on the complications of treating GERD in children and adults. Higher risks for pneumonia and its complications are already a factor in this disease, and research findings suggest that common treatments for GERD may increase risks even more.
  • Health Risks Associated with Second Hand Smoke in Children covers a number of the increased health risks faced by children exposed to second hand smoke. Pneumonia is one of these risks to pay attention to if you are caring for a child who is frequently exposed to second hand smoke or has had high levels of exposure in the past.
  • Outlook and Complications for High Risk Individuals is a thorough investigation of not just who is at higher risk for pneumonia and its complications, but what those risks are. Each risk category is addressed separately, so you can obtain information related specifically to your child’s situation.
  • Pneumonia Complications Likely in High Risk Patients covers the basics of who is considered at high risk for developing complications to pneumonia (including all children under the age of two) as well as what those complications are. Some treatments and preventative measures are also included on this site.
  • Pneumonia and Diabetes covers the increased risks of pneumonia in people with diabetes (both children and adults), as well as the increased likelihood of certain complications related to pneumonia. If you have a child suffering from diabetes who has pneumonia, this site will answer your questions about how to best prevent the onset of complications and help them to a quick recovery.

Information for Kids and Teens

  • Kids Health for Kids: Pneumonia is a great site to help kids understand their pneumonia, what they need to do to get better, and how to keep from getting it again. This site also has information about what will go on at the doctor’s office if you’re preparing your son/daughter for a visit to the doctor because you think they have pneumonia.
  • Teens Health: Pneumonia will answer questions your teenager may have about pneumonia. Specific tips for avoiding risk factors that teens frequently encounter are featured on the third page of the article.
  • The Children’s Hospital For Teens: Pneumonia will help you and your teenager stay better informed about pneumonia, and deal with the symptoms effectively. This page also has a lot of clarifications to help teens better understand what they’re hearing from their doctor or parent about pneumonia.