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Reye's syndrome

Reye's syndrome is a life-threatening condition that damages the cells in your child's organs, especially the liver and brain. Giving your child aspirin increases the risk of Reye's syndrome.

Learn more about Reye's syndrome in our health library.


Pneumonia is an infection or inflammation of the lungs. Germs — such as bacteria, virus and fungus — cause pneumonia. It can be cured with antibiotic medicine only if it is caused by bacteria.

Symptoms may include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • rapid breathing
  • wheezing or grunting sound during breathing
  • other breathing problems
  • vomiting
  • chest pain
  • stomach pain
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • bluish gray color to lips

When to call your health care provider

Call your health care provider if your child:

  • has trouble breathing or breathes fast
  • has a bluish or gray color to his lips
  • refuses to drink adequate liquids
  • has a fever that lasts longer than three days
  • has no energy
  • has "flaring" or widening nostrils when breathing
  • has ribs that sink in and out when breathing


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition

To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."

First published: 02/01/2010
Last updated: 01/01/2014

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic