According to a recent study, respiratory infections like pneumonia and cold in children can up the risk of asthma in later life. It is also linked to the weak functioning of lungs. The study included 154,492 European children who had suffered upper respiratory infections like tonsillitis and lower respiratory infections like pneumonia. The study found that the risk of asthma in later life increased 1.5 folds in those who suffered from upper respiratory tract infections, where as the risk increased two to four folds in those who suffered from lower respiratory infections. The lung function is also likely to worsen in those who had lower tract infections. Further studies to treat or prevent respiratory tract infections are required. Here are some of the symptoms of pneumonia in children you should watch out for. (ALSO READ Home remedies for cold: Natural remedies for treating common cold).
1. Dry cough
Dry cough is a sign of mild pneumonia in children. Pneumonia is caused by bacteria including Chlamydophila pneumonia and Mycoplasma pneumonia. It causes mild symptoms and is called walking pneumonia. This type of pneumonia is prevalent in young children. Other symptoms include tiredness and slight fever.
Diarrhea is a sign of moderate pneumonia, which is prevalent in children in the age group of four and five. Other symptoms include slight fever, loss of appetite, cough, sore throat and nasal congestion.
3. High fever
High fever along with flushed skin are symptoms of severe pneumonia in kids. It may develop suddenly and needs immediate medical attention. Consult your doctor immediately if your kid has high fever and flushed skin.
Pneumonia can cause breathing trouble, so the child will flare his nostrils while breathing. The kid will also suffer from wheezing (the whistling sound made during breathing ). You need to pay attention to these symptoms and consult your doctor. (ALSO READ 10 safe home remedies to ease your child’s cough).
5. Difficulty in breathing
The child will find it difficult to breathe and will use the muscles between and below the ribs to breathe. The breathing will be fast and labored. You can see the muscles of their tummy working hard. Take the kid to the doctor immediately.
Paying attention to these symptoms in kids will help you detect the respiratory tract infection and start treatment at an early stage. The symptoms of pneumonia develop quickly in kids, especially young children and those suffering from some medical conditions like asthma. It may also develop in those who are not vaccinated against diseases like measles. Identifying these symptoms will also help you to avoid a visit to an emergency room.