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ask: what are the symptoms of silent pneumonia in a one year old girl

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Rosa Cabrera RN

Hi Anon,

Thank you for your post! There are different types of Pneumonia..Bacterial and Viral.
If your toddler has bacterial pneumonia, she'll probably have sudden symptoms — high fever, rapid breathing, and coughing. She won't want to eat, and she'll seem very ill. She may have trouble breathing (look for flaring nostrils her chest might sink in as she breathes) or she may breathe faster. She may have a faster pulse, and bluish lips or nails. She may seem weak, vomit, or have diarrhea.

Streptococcus pneumonia is the usual cause, but other strep bacteria can cause pneumonia, too, like Staphylococcus aureu or Chlamydia pneumoniae (NOT the same chlamydia that causes sexually transmitted disease).

Viral pneumonia typically starts out like a cold, but symptoms slowly and steadily get worse. Your toddler may have a fever of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or more, with a worsening cough, wheezing, and rapid breathing. Weakness, vomiting, or diarrhea can also be symptoms.

Viral pneumonia is usually less severe than bacterial and can't progress into it — but can make your child more susceptible to the bacterial form of the disease. Viruses behind pneumonia include respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, and the flu virus.

Hope this helps!

April 2, 2011 - 5:50am
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