My 3.5 month old has pneumonia... anyone have experience with babies having had it? **update**
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Posted: 6/27/2012 4:42:59 PM
We saw the Pedi about 1.5 weeks ago and he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. Last Saturday he was retracting when he was breathing and was very wheezy. With him already having had RSV at 3 weeks we took him to the ER.

They did a breathing treatment, gave him a steroid and did a chest xray. The Dr didn't think she saw anything on the xray (bronchitis was the diagnosis), but would look at it again the next time she worked and would call us if needed. She called Monday morning to confirm that he indeed had pneumonia

He is now on an antibiotic. He has a cough and still sounds very wheezy.

My questions are... Were your babies more susceptible to illnesses after having had pneumonia? Does your child have asthma?

We see his Dr on Friday and I plan on asking her the same questions. Thanks for your input!





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Posted: 6/27/2012 4:45:14 PM
I don't have any experience, but wanted to let you know that I'll keep your little one in my prayers. I would be so completely stressed out of my 3.5 month old had pneumonia. I hope he is able to make a speedy recovery with the meds.



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Posted: 6/27/2012 4:49:02 PM
Thanks! What's crazy is that his brother is almost 28 months old and didn't have his first cold until he was about a year old. Little brother has already had two!!

I'm not use to babies being sick





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Posted: 6/27/2012 4:51:30 PM
I hear thats pretty common since the second child will be exposed to a lot more germs via the first child than the first child will via his parents. I'm super nervous about having our second in november... it's going to be a long and germy winter



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Posted: 6/27/2012 5:20:36 PM
Ask the dr about Rocephin (sp?)it's a shot, the last 2 times Owen got pneumonia he got it and was almost back to normal within 24 hours. Good luck and I'm sorry your baby isn't feeling good.


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Posted: 6/27/2012 5:23:09 PM
I had pneumonia when I was 2 weeks old. I continue to have respiratory problems, and now I have asthma and if I get the least little cold, I have to go to the doc to keep it from going into a bronchial infection or worse. I'm 35 now. I really have to watch it. I was sick a lot growing up, too...missed a lot of school.



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Posted: 6/27/2012 5:30:33 PM
My DS had pneumonia but not that young. Probably at 2 yrs. He only got it once. He does get more colds than the average person it seems and usually seems to always go into his chest. And he got croup every year until he was like 10 (he's 14 now). Supposedly they grow out of croup around 5-6 but he would still get that cough. It wasn't severe but he'd still get it up until he was almost 10. I have no idea if it was from the pneumonia or not. The Dr's say they are more susceptible to getting it once they've had it once though. Hope he feels better soon.


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Posted: 6/27/2012 5:32:11 PM
21 years ago, our dd was diagnosed with pneumonia at 4 weeks(oxygen tent) and then again at 7 weeks. The second time she was transferred to the NICU an hour away-basically for some testing. Since it was her second time with it at 7 weeks-they were testing her for cystic fibrosis to rule that out. She was negative on that as well as RSV, etc. Out of the hospital 3 days and back to the Dr. where she still had symptoms. He got her into a pedatric pulmonologist/allergist where she was diagnosed with asthma on that following Monday.
He put her on breathing treatments every 4 or so hours for about 8 months.

Once they have pneumonia, they are more susceptible to getting it again. My older 3 kids were given a pneumonia shot which really helped prevent them from going back into the hospital. At the time, it was a cheap immunization and definitely worth it.
Not sure the age limit now but I believe they had to be 2 years to get it.

Her asthma is triggered by weather changes, chemicals(sprays, cleaning aerosols,), allergies, etc so it is an ongoing battle.....but she hasn't had pneumonia since she was very young.

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Posted: 6/27/2012 5:34:06 PM
I do not have any experience to help. But you have my positive thoughts and prayers for your child.

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Posted: 6/27/2012 6:30:44 PM
Thanks, everyone! I'm just afraid he is going to get cold after cold from here on out.

I will talk to the Dr about the med you mentioned Kristen. He is currently on amoxicillin. It was to be Augmentin, but the pharmacy didn't have that.





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Posted: 6/27/2012 6:46:16 PM
My dd had pneumonia at 2 months, 8 months and 15 months and was in the hospital for a week each time. She was constantly sick for the first two years of her life. We had oxygen and and O2 monitor in our house for several months. The nebulizer went to day care. She had an immature immune system to start with and developed asthma after all this (plus the medication destroyed the development of her baby teeth). They blamed day care, etc.

After getting a great pediatrician we found out she had reflux (but didn't throw up or show any symptoms) and the milk was getting in her lungs causing the pneumonia. Once that was treated properly she got a lot stronger but still got sick easily for awhile.

Our dr. told us that kids with that type of history are historically the healthiest child once they start kindergarten. Sure enough she has hardly been sick a day since she was 4 (she is 15 now). She uses an inhaler once in a great while but only has bad asthma when she gets a cold (very rarely). She lettered in track, soccer and cross country as a Freshman so don't worry too much! It was VERY scary those times she was in the hospital and couldn't breathe!


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Posted: 6/27/2012 6:59:03 PM
My almost 18 year old son turned 2 months old in the hospital with pneumonia. He never got it again and has never had anything worse than a cold since. I don't think there's any evidence that pneumonia as a baby leads to a lifetime of respiratory problems. I hope your little guy is better soon!





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Posted: 6/27/2012 7:04:21 PM
I don't have any advice but I hope he heals quickly and stays healthy!



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Posted: 6/27/2012 7:42:28 PM
DD had pneumonia twice in the first year or so but hasn't since. Also every time she got a cold, she would wheeze and have trouble breathing. She was diagnosed with reactive airway disease. By the time she was in kindergarten, she grew out of it. She's now 14. She does use an inhaler for soccer and other times she needs to run a lot for exercise-induced bronchospasms.

She had a lot of colds the first two years while in daycare, but now she rarely gets sick, and when she does, she gets over it much faster than anyone else in our house.

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Posted: 6/27/2012 7:53:14 PM
My daughter had it when she was a baby, but she was older-10 months. She ended up in the hospital for 4 or 5 days.

She was weak for a while after she came home, but she had far fewer colds than her older brother, both before and after the pneumonia, and she did not have asthma. He did, though.

Her hospital stay was scary, and her first couple of weeks home scared me even though the doctor had warned me that she would be weak for a while. She did bounce back just fine after a while, though. She never had any lasting ill effects.

I hope your little one is better soon.

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Posted: 6/27/2012 8:04:37 PM
Hope your little one feels better soon, so sorry he is ill.


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Posted: 6/27/2012 8:07:44 PM
So sorry to hear that Mary! Prayers going up for him!


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Posted: 6/27/2012 8:07:49 PM
I forgot to say my kid that was on it wasn't hospitalized at all because he had the Rocephin he's the one who is medically fragile heart issues, lung issues etc. whatever the Dr decides I sure hope it helps!


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Posted: 6/27/2012 8:16:34 PM
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Posted: 6/27/2012 8:39:47 PM
I had it when I was 3 years old way back in the dark ages (1960's). I spent a week in the hospital. I never had any health problems or spent another night in the hospital until I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 47. Your little one is in my prayers.



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Posted: 6/27/2012 9:18:55 PM
Poor little guy...hope he's feeling better soon.

Drew ( my 3rd child) had pneumonia 8 times before he was a year old. He desperately needed tubes in his ears due to constant ear infections starting at 3 weeks...but he was always so sick and they couldn't keep his oxygen levels up long enough to sedate him for the tubes. It was a VERY long first year with him! He also had RSV, rotavirus, strep, fifth's disease and 2 bouts of a stomach virus in that first year.

His 2nd year he only had pneumonia 5 times and his 3rd year 2 times and once more when he turned 5. But pretty much any cold he got went straight into his lungs so there was alot of bronchitis in there as well. He spent ALOT of time on round the clock breathing treatments and was diagnosed with asthma as well.

Ironically I breastfed him but didn't with my girls...and they were never sick as babies! So much for that theory!

Now he's 7 and is the picture of health! Only missed one day of school this year because he broke his big toe. He plays lots of sports, runs and swims constantly and is no longer diagnosed with asthma.





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Posted: 6/28/2012 12:16:35 AM
My dd was hospitalized for 4 days with pneumonia when she was 4 months old.

She's almost 12 now and doesn't have any asthma problems and has been quite healthy with only the occasional cold and strep.

Hope your little one gets better soon!


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Posted: 6/28/2012 7:54:43 AM
I'm sorry your baby is sick. I hope he is better soon.

Our DD had pneumonia when she was 3 months old. I took her to the dr on Friday because her cold sounded bad, and the pedi pooh- poohed me. I met him at the door as his office opened on Monday, and she had full blown pneumonia. She had to use a nebulizer for tow months after, and she had to use it for a year anytime she got a cold. She did eventually get a diagnosis of asthma, but this was not a surprise as I have been asthmatic all of my life. She very rarely has an trouble with her asthma, so we are hopeful that at 17, she has finally outworn it.

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Posted: 6/28/2012 8:11:14 AM
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That must be so scary to deal with! My son went through about 2 years from 6 months old where we had constant rounds of bronchitis/bronchilitis (sp?) but never made it to pneumonia. Many trips to the ER along with peds visits. Finally ended up with our own nebulizer machine to use at home. He was labeled as having asthma as a result, though he never has a problem unless he has a cold. And as he grew older, he seems to have out grown it. We still keep an inhaler around just in case (refilled annually).


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Posted: 6/28/2012 9:31:38 AM
I hope your little sweetie feels better soon.

My daughter had her first bout with pneumonia when she was 4 yo...so- less harrowing than your little guy, for sure. It was June- and she just went fast from 'hey- I'm hearing you cough a lot' to pneumonia that almost landed her in the hospital. (The weekend we were moving to a new house, no less.)

For some reason, she is just prone to it. She's one of those kids that shows very few symptoms until she's really bad. She's 12 now and she has had pneumonia at least ten times. She's been on Singulair for a couple of years now and that has really helped.

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Posted: 6/28/2012 2:09:35 PM
Thank you so much everyone! Sharing your own personal experience means a lot to me. It is a ray of sunshine to hear that this may not impact his lungs a much as I was afraid it would.

We got to the Dr tomorrow morning and I pray its a good outcome!





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Posted: 6/28/2012 2:17:06 PM
aww, poor baby! I hope he gets over this quick!

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Posted: 6/28/2012 6:53:12 PM
First, let me say that in Canada, we've got the pneumococcal vaccine as part of our norms. Our paeds told us with the twins who were preemies, it would probably happen anyway because of the fragility of their lungs dating back to their birth.

Fortunately, our first bout with pneumonia wasn't until this past Christmas, with one of them. He was in hospital twice over the course of 2 weeks. They only turned 2 in February, so I was pretty happy this was the first we'd seen of it. He hasn't been sick since in any way since.

My oldest DD, who is now 8, had pneumonia more times than I can count. And allergies, and was on a variety of inhalers and Singulair until she was about 5. They had given her the loose asthma diagnosis around the time she was 3, but explained that often in kids that young, it can end up going either way. The head respirologist explained that if you take away all of the triggers, research was showing that it made a huge difference in the asthma becoming a lifelong diagnosis versus a passing thing. For us, my DH quit smoking (though he never smoked in the house, ever), we really watched it around friends and family with animals and I became a perfume vigilante with friends and family. By 5, she literally grew out of it.

Now, my nephew had the same timeframe of the loose diagnosis again, but interestingly, they have a dog, use a ton of those air fresheners/candles, etc., both parents wear lots of perfume and cologne and he smokes in the attached garage of their house (I can smell the smoke when I walk in the house). He is a year younger than my DD and now has full-blown asthma, continues on all of the puffers and is hospitalized several times every year.

I wish you all the best at the docs!

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Posted: 6/28/2012 7:21:56 PM
My niece had RSV very young. I think that's what makes them more susceptible to respiratory type infections like pneumonia


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Posted: 6/28/2012 8:22:40 PM
Just wanted to say I'm sorry your poor little guy is so sick! Hope he recovers quickly.


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Posted: 6/28/2012 8:23:05 PM
When I was nine months old I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. After that I continued to get sick. I had colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia again at 18 months that put me back in the hospital. My mom said I had a lot of colds and coughs until we moved to a drier climate when I was three. Throughout my childhood I had some very nasty colds and coughs. I've never had pneumonia again though. My mom swears it is because we moved when I was so little. Different part of the country so there were different germs. I never had asthma so the pneumonia didn't have that effect on me.

Good luck with everything. I hope your little guy gets to feeling better soon.


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Posted: 6/29/2012 4:05:29 PM
We went to see the pediatrician today. She didn't like the sound of his lungs and said it should have sounded better after having already taken almost 5 days worth of the antibiotic. She recommended that we try Rocephin. So he got a shot of that and we just pray that it works some over the weekend.

You would never know he was sick... he is such a happy little guy!

Thank you for your continued prayers!





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Posted: 6/29/2012 9:05:52 PM
My DS was 3.5 months when he got pneumonia. The regular antibiotic took care of it. He never got it again and he is now 9 years old. He gets a basic cold once a year and that's it. I hope your baby is through with the worst of it.
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