Community-acquired pneumonia in children.

Community-acquired pneumonia is a potentially serious infection in children and often results in hospitalization. The diagnosis can be based on the history and physical examination results in children with fever plus respiratory signs and symptoms. Chest radiography and rapid viral testing may be helpful when the diagnosis is unclear. The most likely etiology depends on the age of the child. Viral and Streptococcus pneumoniae infections are most common in preschool-aged children, whereas Mycoplasma pneumoniae is common in older children. The decision to treat with antibiotics is challenging, especially with the increasing prevalence of viral and bacterial coinfections. Preschool-aged children with uncomplicated bacterial pneumonia should be treated with amoxicillin. Macrolides are first-line agents in older children. Immunization with the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is important in reducing the severity of childhood pneumococcal infections.
AuthorsKimberly Stuckey-Schrock, Burton L Hayes, Christa M George
JournalAmerican family physician (Am Fam Physician) Vol. 86 Issue 7 Pg. 661-7 (Oct 1 2012) ISSN: 1532-0650 [Electronic] United States
PMID23062094 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Community-Acquired Infections (diagnosis, drug therapy, etiology, microbiology)
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Pneumonia (diagnosis, drug therapy, etiology, microbiology)

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