Pneumonia: What needs to be considered in children?
Pneumonia can sometimes be hard to detect in children because they don't always have a cough, a fever or shortness of breath. It can also be caused by different germs than in adults. That is why two vaccinations are recommended for children: one against Haemophilus and one against pneumococci.
Children get more frequently than adults. Not only is their not yet fully developed, but germs such as and viruses spread very quickly from child to child, especially between the ages of three and six years. That is why infections are generally very common in children.
Pneumonia is more common in babies younger than one year and in toddlers than in school children or teenagers. 35 out of 10,000 children aged below the age of six years develop each year, and only 15 out of 10,000 older children do.
Children usually don't have any complications. But can be life-threatening if an infant gets directly after birth or a child is weakened due to another disease or malnutrition. Globally, is one of the most common causes of death in children, especially in poorer regions of the world.