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Pneumonia: The Disease of Children that Mothers Dreads

Updated on December 17, 2008

A killer of countless children

Pneumonia kills countless children every year making it a very dreaded disease to mothers. It is such as dangerous disease as it affects the lungs and our lives depend on the continuous functioning of the lungs. The lungs, unlike other body parts, can not take a rest as they must function continuously. If the lungs can not cope with the disease, then death is inevitable.

Infection of the Lungs

Pneumonia is a disease you can not take lightly. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs which is common in children. When foreign materials find their way to the lungs, then the lungs are likely to be infected thus causing pneumonia. The common cold will in many of the causes have been the one that graduated to pneumonia. This happens because we use our mouths to breathe instead of noses when we have cold. The mouth is unable to get rid of foreign impurities in the air the way the nose does it.

Viral and Bacterial Pneumonia

Pneumonia will always tend to follow another attack of illness such as bronchitis, asthma and measles
Pneumonia will always tend to follow another attack of illness such as bronchitis, asthma and measles

Urgent Need to Consult a Doctor

It is important to emphasize that the need to consult a doctor is extremely important when pneumonia is suspected. The disease is a fast killer and can harm lungs for good, so that the child will have coughs forever. For all you know, your child who suddenly had difficult breathing may be in urgent need of an oxygen mask which you can only get in a hospital.

A Fever That Deteriorates With Frightening Speed

Whenever your child’s cold starts improving and all of a sudden the situation becomes worse, the pneumonia should be suspect number one. What you notice is that the child starts to cough and develops a fever which deteriorates with frightening speed. Headache, shivering and vomiting also suddenly appear.

Pneumonia Will Follow another Attack of Illness

The pneumonia causing germs thrive best when the body has been weakened by other diseases. This is why the diseases pneumonia will always tend to follow another attack of illness such as bronchitis, asthma and measles. The pneumonia germs are widely prevalent and each one of us is repeatedly exposed to them. The reason why we do not get pneumonia is because our body’s defense system is functioning well and the germs are fought before they establish themselves in the lungs.

Symptoms Of Pneumonia May Include Many Of The Following:

1. Rapid and shallow breathing

2. Breathing is painful thus making it not possible for deep breaths

3. Coughing vomiting, diarrhea, fever and high temperatures

4. Stiff neck

5. Child suddenly becomes more ill when the child was recovering from another illness.

6. Spits with reddish streaks of blood

7. Indrawn lower ribs

8. Child looks limp and ill

Solutions

The child must be taken to hospital immediately. This is note the kind of disease that you may try the wait–and-see if the child will feel better situation.

Viral and Bacterial Pneumonia

There is the viral and bacterial pneumonia. Bacterial pneumonia responds well to appropriate antibiotic and rarely last longer than ten days. Viral pneumonia is less serious but unfortunately it responds less to treatments.

Urgent Need of an Oxygen Mask

It is important to emphasize that the need to consult a doctor is extremely important. The disease is a fast killer and can harm lungs for good, so that the child will have coughs forever. For all you know, your child who suddenly had difficult breathing may be in urgent need of an oxygen mask which you can only get in a hospital.

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      9 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Thank you nugerico for such an educative hub and for sharing this info.

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