HealthDoctor Karen

My baby daughter was hospitalised with pneumonia

My baby daughter was hospitalised with pneumonia

Dear Karen,

My daughter was hospitalised with pneumonia before Christmas. She is now 10 months old and every time she gets a chest infection I am worried. How do I know if it is serious?
 
Karen says: Recurrent infections seem to be a common feature for pre-school children.
 
Here are a couple of pointers to help pick up if your daughter is very unwell with an infection:
  • High temperature that cannot be controlled with the usual measures (paracetamol/ibupropen, fluids and stripping her down). l Reduced urinary output. l Lethargic and very irritable. 
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Non-blanchable rash.
When she gets a temperature take all the sensible steps: Give her calpol and/or nurofen; strip her down; try her with fluids and watch her.
 
If you feel she is very sick see your local GP or out of hours service.