What are the symptoms of Pneumonia in children?

Symptoms of Pneumonia in children:

Kinds of symptoms in children:

Mild pneumonia in children have symptoms like a dry cough, tiredness, low-grade fever & headache.

Moderate pneumonia in children have symptoms like loss of appetite, nasal congestion, a cough, lack of energy or tiredness, sore throat, low-grade fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, etc.

Severe pneumonia in children have symptoms like difficulty breathing, wheezing, flushed skin, sweating or chills, cough that produces yellowish or green mucus, a bluish tint to the lips or nail beds.

Other reasons for same symptoms:

Many illnesses can be wrongly diagnosed as pneumonia. They include bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, sepsis, adult respiratory distress syndrome, sinus infection & other sinus conditions, other bacterial infection, influenza, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, measles, tuberculosis, etc.

Majorly misdiagnosed illness are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, flu & acute bronchitis.


The WHO has provided rate thresholds for identifying pneumonia. They are for children less than 2 months(greater than or equal to 60 breaths/min), children aged 2-11 months(greater than or equal to 50 breaths/min) & children aged 12-59 months(greater than or equal to 40 breaths/min).

Other tests for pneumonia are chest radiography, ultrasonography, serology, auscultation by stethoscope, cultures & complete blood cell count.

How common is it?

Pneumonia is common in younger children. Mostly less than 2 years.

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