Pediatric Pneumonia: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Pediatric Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites. It is characterized by the inflammation of the alveoli (microscopic air sacs in the lungs that absorb oxygen). It is an infection in which these air sacs in the lungs fill with pus and other liquid.

Recovery Time

The average time of recovery for a case of pneumonia is from 2 to 6 weeks. However,ÿmore severe cases can take even longer to be completely out of the body.


Signs and symptoms of pneumonia are often nonspecific and widely vary depending upon patients age and infectious organisms. Diagnosis includes
  • Physical evaluation of the respiratory system.
  • Assessment of oxygen saturation.
  • Diagnosis by stethoscope
  • Cultures
  • Serology
  • Complete blood cell count (CBC)
  • Chest radiography
  • Ultrasonography

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