The sun is the most important source of Vit D ||Until your baby is 6 months old, he'll get all the hydration he needs from breast milk or formula, even in hot weather ||In case of eczema, use mild, unscented body and laundry soaps. Pat baby's skin dry; don't rub ||When your infant is carried, he should be oriented toward the carrying adult ||To help your kid stand up to negative peer pressure, encourage him to talk, use role playing with him, get to know the parents of your child's friends and finally deal with your own peer pressure. ||After the first hectic weeks, babies take longer naps at predictable times. And you'll become a much better time manager ||It’s never too early to read for your child ||Design a kid corner and fill it with things safe for your toddler like Tupperware, toys, empty boxes, etc. ||Contact the doctor if your newborn isn't gaining weight, wets fewer than six diapers a day or shows little interest in feedings ||Infants raised on breast milk tend to score higher on tests of mental development than those on formula ||
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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