Difference between revisions of "Pneumonia (peds)"

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== Treatment<ref>Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2014</ref>==
== Treatment<ref>Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2014</ref>==
{{Pediatric pneumonia treatment}}
**[[Ampicillin]] (80-90mg/kg/day) + [[gentamicin]] +/- [[cefotaxime]]
***Add [[vancomycin]] if [[MRSA]] a concern
***Add [[erythromycin]] (12.g mg/kg QID) if concern for [[chlamydia]]
**Initial outpatient management not recommended
===1-3 Month===
**Afebrile pneumonitis
***[[Erythromycin]] (10 mg/kg q6) or [[azithro]] (2.5 mg/kg q12)
**Febrile pneumonia
*Add [[cefoTAXime]] (200mg/kg per day divided q8h)
**[[erythromycin]] OR [[azithro]] PO
===>3mo - 18 years===
**Fully immunized:  [[Ampicillin]] (50mg/kg q6) IV
**Not fully immunized: [[cefoTAXime]] (150 mg/kg divided q8h) IV
**[[Amoxicillin]] (90 mg/kg divided BID) x 5 days PO
**Alternative: [[azithromycin]] OR [[amoxicillin-clavulanate]]

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  • Most common site of infection in neonates
  • Fever and tachypnea are sensitive but not specific

Bugs by Age Group

Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis


  • Absence of tachypnea, resp distress, and rales/decr BS rules-out with 100% sp
    • Productive cough is rarely seen before late childhood
  • Imaging
    • CXR is not the gold standard!
    • Cannot differentiate between viral and bact (but lobar infiltrate more often bacterial)
    • Consider for:
      • Age 0-3mo (part of w/u for sepsis)
      • <5yr w/ temp >102.2, WBC >20K and no clear source of infection
      • Ambiguous clinical findings
      • PNA that is prolonged or not responsive to abx
  • Consider rapid assays for RSV, influenza
  • Blood/nasal culture are low yield



1-3 Month

>3mo - 18 years


  • All Children less than 2 months should be hospitalized[2]
  • Consider admission for:
    • Age of birth to 3mo
    • History of severe or relevant congenital disorders
    • Immune suppression (HIV, SCD, malignancy)
    • Toxic appearance/resp distress
    • SpO2 <90-93%

See Also


  1. Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2014
  2. AAP. Management of Communty-Acquired Pneumonia in Infants and Children Older than 3 Months of Age. Pediatrics. Vol 128 No 6 December 1, 2011