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    Default Pneumonia in 6yo

    DD was diagnosed with pneumonia in late January and was given a course of antibiotics as its believed to be bacterial as no runny nose etc just onset of high temp and horrible cough.

    She finished the first round and still wasn't well but we didn't have a repeat so followed up and yes she needed another course which had subsequently led to another so in total we are on course number three.

    The cough is still terribly chunky and she had a rattle/wheeze on inhale only. She is still not eating properly and is still quite tired but generally active just grumpy.

    The doc never ordered any X-rays or follow up appointments and I don't know whether to take her back again or just let it ride out or what to do. Her GP didn't seem overly concerned about the remaining stuff on her lungs but we are.
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    If she's still unwell after 2 lots I'd go back ASAP. It could just mean that it's viral and not bacterial but it's best to make sure. Personally I'd be asking for X-rays now. Hope she feels better soon.

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    Well I'd be asking for swabs for the exact pneumonia she has. DH was treated for the wrong one so he didn't get better. .. so yeah. Definitely head back. Ask for tests so you can target with right meds. Plus x ray.
    If she's coughing up stuff I'd get something to save it for pathology. Which is kind gross but might be helpful.

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    I agree - another opinion is needed. Hope she feels better soon.

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    Default Pneumonia in 6yo

    She's not actually coughing it up enough to spit it out despite my attempts to get her too - will the swabs still tell anything if they don't have the physical phlegm to test?

    She's nearly finished the third course of antibiotics and she's saying she doesn't feel much better than she did a week ago which means to me she either doesn't need it or there is more going on that needs further assessment but the doc was so laid back about it that I almost felt silly and over reactive for taking her back which is unusual for our doc, he's normally very good.

    She's saying her chest hurts when she coughs and sometimes she coughs a lot but then some days it's not so bad.

    We've never dealt with pneumonia before so I'm trying to be balanced and not have her at the doctors unnecessarily but then on the flip side I don't want to ignore it if it needs attention.

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    I'm not sure but maybe a blood test? Kids generally don't cough up the sputum. :/ gross.
    It could be viral too and pneumonia can take a while to get over. Could her chest be hurting from pulled muscles? Chest xray will show if there's still congestion.

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    Definitely get an X-ray. Also maybe ask if you can trial some Bisolvon Chesty. I have used it myself and also given it to a dog that had an entire lung full of crud. It breaks all the crap up and makes it easier to cough up. A vaporiser might help too.

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    Yikes she'll freak at a blood test even though she's a pretty good patient.

    The doc said in the absence of snotty nose, sneezing and other cold like symptoms it was more likely bacterial than viral - is there a more accurate way they can determine which it is?

    I feel Sh!t, she was sick over the last few days of the holidays and we were away and I felt the need to take her to the hospital up there and DH told me I was being ridiculous. I should have gone with my gut and got it sorted then not still dealing with it nearly four weeks on.

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    They were sure it was pneumonia? ? My daughter has had some pretty nasty viruses that can cause a pretty awful cough that goes on and on. Which is why we swab...lol. she has complex medical conditions.
    Maybe just ask for a throat swab and nasal swab?
    Unpleasant but over quick.
    Two viruses that come to mind are adenovirus and human metapneumonia virus (hmmm spelling is way off!)... sounds bad but really just nasty viruses that can cause long term coughing.
    I would head back to dr to try and confirm what it is. Then you'll know what you're dealing with.
    I second the vaporiser and stuff. Also that prospan cough stuff isn't too bad but might not do much on a persistent cough (is a natural remedy).

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    My two kids ds 3 and ds 6 had pneumonia last year with lots of antibiotics each. It was the sickest I've seen them - vomiting, lethargic, chills, fever. After seeing a specialist with X-rays and blood test they were diagnosed with Mycoplasma a type of Pneumonia which needs the right antibiotic specific to that bacteria. Ask your doctor to have a blood test to check for the type of Pneumonia. The nurses were really helpful with the blood tests, they made lots of joke, balloons out of gloves and lollipops. Was much easier than I anticipated.
    It's so hard to watch them sick so long, best of luck!


 

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