Symptoms of pneumonia in babies

Tuesday 24,
JANUARY
2017
Symptoms of pneumonia in babies

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It is a very frequent disease and it is usually manifested in winter and spring. Symptoms of pneumonia in babies are variable, the most common is fever. Liip connects with your baby and tells you his temperature in real time. It also alerts you when it detects significant changes in his health status.

The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi and it is responsible for 15% of all deaths of children under 5 years.

Two types of pneumonia can be distinguished: bacterial and viral. Bacterial pneumonia is usually more common in older children, and the viral usually occurs in young children, especially in babies under 2 years old. Symptoms of pneumonia in babies are variable, being the most common:

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Accelerated breathing
  • Difficulty breathing (it is possible that you can observe the ribs when the baby breathes)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Accelerated pulse
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bluish lips or fingernails
  • Chest pain
  • Whistling in the chest

Symptoms of pneumonia in babies may vary depending on the type of germ that causes it, however, as Dr. Sergio Negre, pediatrician in the Quiron Hospital in Valencia, comments that they may coincide in many cases.

In children with bacterial pneumonia the symptoms appear suddenly, being the most common, sustained and increasing fever, rapid breathing and abdominal pain. Viral pneumonia usually occurs after a cold, and symptoms are gradually worsen. In general this type of pneumonia caused fever, growing cough, whistles in the chest and difficulty breathing.

symptoms of pneumonia in babies

How is pneumonia transmitted in babies?

Pneumonia can be transmitted through the respiratory tract, after inhaling the germs ejected from the cough or sneezing of the infected baby. Sharing glasses, touching utensils or tissues from an infected person may also cause them to be transmitted.

Germs that cause pneumonia can cause other diseases such as bronchitis, cold, rhinitis... they may also not cause any illness. A child who has pneumonia can infect another chils, but the germ may produce only a pharyngitis.

Risk factors in babies

All children may have pneumonia, but there are some of them that present more risk factors, such as the following:

  • Presence of diseases that affect the immune system
  • Prematurity
  • Malnutrition
  • Poor hygiene
  • Passive exposure to tobacco smoke

Liip Smart Monitor gives you all the knowledge you need. It gives you information about your baby's main vital signs: temperature, pulse and oxygen saturation in the blood, so you can have a better knowledge about your baby’s health and you can enjoy with him.

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