Pneumonia, Child

ExitCare ImagePneumonia is an infection of the lungs.


  • Cough drops may be given as told by your child's doctor.

  • Have your child take his or her medicine (antibiotics) as told. Have your child finish it even if he or she starts to feel better.

  • Give medicine only as told by your child's doctor. Do not give aspirin to children.

  • Put a cold steam vaporizer or humidifier in your child's room. This may help loosen thick spit (mucus). Change the water in the humidifier daily.

  • Have your child drink enough fluids to keep his or her pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Be sure your child gets rest.

  • Wash your hands after touching your child.


  • Your child's symptoms do not improve in 3 to 4 days or as told.

  • Your child develops new symptoms.

  • Your child is getting more sick.

  • Your child is breathing fast.

  • Your child is too out of breath to talk normally.

  • The spaces between the ribs or under the ribs pull in when your child breathes in.

  • Your child is short of breath and grunts when breathing out.

  • Your child's nostrils widen with each breath (nasal flaring).

  • Your child has pain with breathing.

  • Your child makes a high-pitched whistling noise when breathing out (wheezing).

  • Your child coughs up blood.

  • Your child throws up (vomits) often.

  • Your child gets worse.

  • You notice your child's lips, face, or nails turning blue.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or gets worse.