Make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||Never tie a pacifier to your child’s crib or around your child’s neck or hand. This could cause serious injury or even death ||Stop the continuous criticism to your teens. Highlight their qualities instead. ||Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months is the best prevention of food allergies ||Bathe baby for no more than ten minutes in warm water especially if he shows signs of skin eczema. ||For protecting young children during summer months, apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside ||Every milestone is an accomplishment, but it means your child is more independent and needs you a little less ||Colostrum is rich with all what baby needs for the first 2-3 days till the breast begins to produce milk ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||2- Breastfeeding your new baby ...Breast milk provides all the nutrients that babies need for the first six months of their life and guards against many illnesses and allergies. Also, breastfeeding can help build a special closeness with your baby. Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. ||
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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