Croupous pneumonia in children
Croupous pneumonia in children almost always causes pneumococcus, less often – diplobacillus and other pathogens. In babies croupous pneumonia is almost not observed, somewhat more often in children aged 2 to 5 years, but in the most typical form is observed only in children 5-15 years. In a number of cases, the disease is facilitated by rapid and significant cooling or trauma – physical or mental. Croup pneumonia is characterized by the development of fibrinous inflammation within one lobe of the lung or 2-3 segments of one lobe.
Treatment of croupous pneumonia in children is done only in a hospital. It requires constant medical control and the use of modern means of conservative therapy. Croupous pneumonia in the stage of decay can lead to the death of a sick kid.
Pneumococcal croupous pneumonia stage and symptoms
Pneumococcal croupous pneumonia in children begins to give symptoms almost in the first day. The onset of the disease is usually sudden with a high fever (up to 41 degrees Celsius and above), chills, sharp toxicosis, which is often accompanied by vomiting, agitation, delirium. Pulmonary symptoms, expressed in cough reflex and difficulty breathing, dyspnea, delayed, which often makes diagnosis difficult.
In young children, the equivalent of a prodromal period of intoxication is a sharp pallor and repeated vomiting. Symptoms of intestinal infection in croupous pneumonia mimic peritonitis or appendicitis. Some children before vomiting joins the tension of the neck muscles, sharp convulsions.