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Posted: 3/10/2010 3:56:36 PM EDT
Had a fever of 105 so took him to the doctors. They said he had a mild case of pneumonia. They prescribed some antibiotics.

How worried should i be. For those who have experience with it,how long does it take to go away?
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:09:35 PM EDT
Well, for starters, what did the docs say? Pneumonia CAN be pernicious; I've been told that once you have had it, it is much easier to get it again.

Monitor his condition regularly and make sure it doesn't deteriorate. Keep him on his medications RELIGIOUSLY. You do NOT want this to get out of hand!

If he continues to improve, you are GTG. Don't rush him back to school.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:16:09 PM EDT
I had it a few times when I was younger.  Always felt crummy, but it never got serious.  Just have your kid take it easy for a while until everything is better, don't rush him back to anything and he'll be fine.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:18:45 PM EDT
pneumonia can be dangerous but my son had it twice and it wasn't a big deal. Its an infection of the lungs so we kept him moving (moving air in his lungs more) when he felt good enough to do so. He was fine in a few days. I woulda been VERY worried about the 105. At 103, my kid goes to the hospital. Fever is the body's way of fighting infection but 105 is way out of control.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:19:32 PM EDT
I had it when I was 15, it sucked majorly, but it's only because I waited so long to get anti-biotics. Make sure he takes them all, you do NOT want it getting worse. It hurt literally every breath I took for me, so if he feels that way, make him sleep so he wont feel the pain. If he says he doesnt want to go to school, dont make him.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:19:50 PM EDT
You need to be more specific.

How old is he?

Describe "mild".

If he is under the age of 7, or generally "small", and mild is worse than you think, he might be in trouble.

If he is older, and "mild" is better than you think, I would not worry so much.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:26:10 PM EDT
I had it when I was 18 during Basic training I spent 5 days in Martin Army Hopital Ft Benning Ga. I was pretty sick but I think the flu was worse.

Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:27:36 PM EDT
Never heard of pneumonia being "mild".  That's called "bronchitis".  



a 105 fever is a few degrees away from brain damage.



I had pneumonia repeatedly when I was a youngster, between the ages of 7 and 14.  I can recall one occasion my dad rushing me late night to the hospital in a Vista Cruiser (no shit, for real) on a CB getting a police escort (those were the days...now they'd call a swat team, shoot your tires out, break your arms, jail time, ...), and the cop was there in a heartbeat, we're both flying down the highway to the hospital.  The cop complimented my ol' man on his driving, wished us well, and drove off after seeing us to the Emergency Room door.



I was in an oxygen tent for days.  Blood tests drawn every hour.  Took days before I was released.



I couldn't breathe except for in very VERY shallow breaths or I'd go into a coughing fit and be unable to stop.



Pneumonia is VERY SCARY REAL SHIT....



I'd consider going to a second doctor after getting your son admitted to a hospital, stat...no fucking around.






Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:30:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Schadenfreuda:
You need to be more specific.

How old is he?

Describe "mild".

If he is under the age of 7, or generally "small", and mild is worse than you think, he might be in trouble.

If he is older, and "mild" is better than you think, I would not worry so much.


9 years old. doc took an xray to verify. put him on Augmentin. For whatever reason, he is still getting the occasional fever of  101 or less.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:35:06 PM EDT
Just keep an eye on him and don't be shy about calling the doctor if he doesn't seem to be getting better.  My daughter had it a few years ago.  Treatment was delayed due to a mis-diagnosis by the doc.  She ended up in the hospital for two weeks and had to have the infection surgically removed and a chest tube put in.  There were a couple of days I thought we might loose her.  She healed up fine, but it scared the shit out of me.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:45:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:53:32 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:


Had a fever of 105 so took him to the doctors. They said he had a mild case of pneumonia. They prescribed some antibiotics.



How worried should i be. For those who have experience with it,how long does it take to go away?


My son had pneumonia at 2, not a big deal with some meds, ymmv.



 
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:55:51 PM EDT
you should be mildly worried.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 4:58:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2010 4:59:56 PM EDT by TheGrayMan]
Some of y'all are a little quick on the trigger.

Don't panic.

Keep him on his antibiotics, and watch him.  Mild pneumonia generally clears up easily with outpatient treatment, and the appropriate antibiotics.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:04:32 PM EDT
Two types: bacterial and viral. Antibiotics will only work on the bacterial strains. My son is an asthma patient and has had pneumonia several times so far. It *can* be very serious, as it decreases the lungs' capacity to oxygenate the blood. If the O2 gets too low, organs start shutting down and can be damaged.

The cough can take between 7 and 10 days to completely go away. The most recent time, my son was on oral steroids, antibiotics, and nebulizer breathing treatments every 4 hours. Took about 8 days to recover from. Fever spiked at 103.5 and then hovered around 101 for about 3 days. Alternating Motrin and Tylenol every 4 - 6 hours helped keep the fever at bay and allowed him to get some quality rest. Oh, and lots of fluids are helpful, too.

I hope your son feels better soon.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:08:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2010 5:09:17 PM EDT by Andr0id]
I had it a about 6 years ago. Was not sick in about 2 weeks, but it took about 2 months to fully get over the cough.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 5:22:35 PM EDT
Of course you should be worried, you are a parent. The question is should you freak out?  (and when)
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 7:50:55 PM EDT
Thanks for all the advice!!
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 8:01:38 PM EDT
My daughter is recovering from pneumonia now, too.  Augmentin for her as well (she's 7).  This is her 3rd or 4th bout since she was born.  It takes a while to fully recover even after the coughing stops.  Watch for relapses and/or walking pneumonia.  Excessive fatigue with low grade fever is one sign, and it can't always be heard by auscultation (stethoscope).  There are stronger antibiotics, but augmentin is the 1st line according to our doc.
Link Posted: 3/10/2010 8:16:30 PM EDT
I had it when I was under a year old.  I wasn't real sick but I had it in both lungs.  Mom had to stick her fingers down my throat and pull the mucus out of my mouth.  Doc put me on antibiotics and I was fine.  I had walking pneumonia twice when I was in high school.  I felt tired and my lungs were full and I coughed a lot but other than that I was fine with anitbiotics.  Just keep an eye on him but don't let some responses on here panic you.  I know that is easier said than done when it comes to your kids.
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