Don’t rush into solving your kid's problems. Give him the chance to conclude, all on his own, that things are going to be okay. ||Ask your baby's doctor about vitamin D supplements for the baby, especially if you're breast-feeding ||Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too ||If every feeding is painful or your baby isn't gaining weight, ask a lactation consultant or your baby's doctor for help ||Presumably, your baby won't recall events from his life before age 3. Still, these early experiences outline his vision of the world ||Plan for regular family meals. Enjoy being together as a family and give a chance for everyone to decompress from the day ||Make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||Breastfeeding releases Oxytocin which causes contractions of the uterus, helping to stop hemorrhage and initiating weight loss ||Excessive warmth and overdressing are as harmful as cold weather. Temperature inside your home should not exceed 23 degrees ||Don't let your baby nap in the car seat after you're home as a substitute for crib since it's harder for young babies to breathe in that position. ||
Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a general term that refers to an infection of the lungs, which can be caused by a variety of microorganisms.

Most cases of pneumonia are caused by viruses, including adenoviruses, rhinovirus, influenza virus (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and parainfluenza virus (which causes croup).

Often, pneumonia begins after an upper respiratory tract infection (an infection of the nose and throat), with symptoms of pneumonia beginning after 2 or 3 days of a cold or sore throat.
 

Symptoms

 

Symptoms vary depending on the age of the child and the cause of the pneumonia, but common ones include:

fever

chills

cough

nasal congestion

unusually rapid breathing (in some cases, this is the only symptom)

breathing with grunting or wheezing sounds

labored breathing that makes the rib muscles retract (when muscles under the ribcage or between ribs draw inward with each breath) and causes nasal flaring

vomiting

chest pain

abdominal pain

decreased activity

loss of appetite (in older kids) or poor feeding (in infants), which may lead to dehydration

in extreme cases, bluish or gray color of the lips and fingernails
 

Doctor's Instructions

 

Treatment may include antibiotics for bacterial pneumonia. Antibiotics may also speed recovery from mycoplasma pneumonia and some special cases. There is no clearly effective treatment for viral pneumonia, which usually clears up on its own. Other treatment may include:

  • appropriate diet
  • increased fluid intake (giving your child more liquids to drink)
  • cool mist humidifier in your child's room
  • acetaminophen (for fever and discomfort)
  • medication for cough


Your child may be treated in the hospital if she is having severe breathing problems. While in the hospital, treatment may include:

  • intravenous (IV) or oral antibiotics
  • intravenous (IV) fluids, if your child is unable to drink well
  • oxygen therapy
  • frequent suctioning of your child's nose and mouth (to help get rid of thick secretions)
  • breathing treatments, as ordered by your child's physician
     
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