Lung Infection In Children, How Is It Treated?
At night, my child has been hot for 2 nights with a cough, I’ve been given medication to come down, the heat is still hot all over the body, especially the chest and back sometimes sweats, have you checked the doctor, is this really a lung infection, my son is 6.8 years old?
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Need to be clear, how do you know that your child has a lung infection? Did the doctor make the diagnosis? What tests has the doctor done on your child to determine the cause of the illness?
Pulmonary infection is more commonly referred to as pneumonia (inflammation of the lung parenchyma, pneumonia). In fact, this condition is not only caused by infection, but can also be caused by aspiration (choking, entry of foreign substances other than air into the lungs). In children, pneumonia often causes coughs, colds, fever, excessive sweating, chest pain, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, weakness, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, and decreased consciousness in more severe conditions. Children, the elderly, people who are being treated in hospital, are frequently exposed to cigarette smoke, and also have weak immune systems (for example, children with HIV-AIDS, malnutrition, or taking immune system suppressant drugs) are more at risk of developing pneumonia.
The diagnosis of pneumonia is confirmed not only through interviews and physical examination. In some conditions, adequate supporting tests are also needed, such as blood tests, X-rays, sputum tests, and so on. Comprehensive examination is needed to rule out the possible causes of fever, cough and other colds that often have very oblique symptoms with pneumonia, for example bronchitis, bronchial asthma, tonsillopharyngitis, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), heart problems, other viral or bacterial infections, etc.
If you have your child checked by a doctor and given treatment, we suggest that you first take the treatment as recommended by the doctor. With his competence, the doctor who examines your child directly will know better the causes of complaints and the best treatment for their patients. Or, if in doubt, you can also seek a second opinion by checking your child back to a doctor or other pediatrician.
Meanwhile, in addition to undergoing treatment from a doctor, optimize your child's healing through the following efforts:
Avoid children from too many snacks carelessly, consuming foods that contain artificial sweeteners or flavors
Enrich the intake of vitamin C in children, for example by giving him lots of fruit, fruit juices, vegetables, or also vitamin C supplements (consult a doctor first)
Keep children away from dust, mites, cold, pollution, smoke, and other substances that are irritants to the airways
Also give children lots of drinking (especially warm water)
Encourage children not to scream a lot and get more rest
Compress the child's neck and armpits with warm water so that the fever subsides
Give the child clothes that are breathable and comfortable to use
However, if your child's complaints still don't get better after 3 days of taking the drug, don't hesitate to check your child back to the doctor.
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah