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:
Call your health care provider if your child:
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."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic