Pneumonia in toddlers can cause discomfort and last for up to 3 weeks or more. Among healthy toddlers, they usually recover from the condition with minimal medical care and without any complications.
Close look on the signs of pneumonia
Pneumonia generally starts within several days with symptoms strikingly the same as common cold such as cough, runny nose and congestion. These might range from mild to moderate in severity. After some time, the coughing might deepen, resulting to more discomfort along with symptoms.
The coughing can add up to breathing issues. The toddler might suffer from respiratory distress which is evident by the flaring out of the nostrils or the skin becomes taut above the ribs and lungs during every breath.
Wheezing or even asthma attacks might arise as pneumonia progresses. In addition, the breathing also becomes painful.
In bacterial cases of pneumonia, it might arise abruptly with high fever. It is important to note that high fever might cause the toddler to shake, become increasingly irritable, have clammy skin or perspire unreasonably. In addition, the high temperature of the child might rise to 101.5 degrees F or higher.
What are the other signs?
Generally, the indications might vary for each individual and usually based on the type of infection.
In some toddlers, symptoms such as muscle pain, headache, diarrhea or vomiting might also be present with the other common symptoms. In most cases, the toddler might appear ill and weak. There is diminished appetite due to the condition or from the stomach issues present.