Key points about pneumonia in children
- Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. It can be mild or serious.
- The illness can be caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi.
- Some common symptoms include fever, cough, tiredness (fatigue) and chest pain.
- Treatment depends on the cause of the pneumonia.
- Some types of pneumonia can be prevented with a vaccine. Good handwashing and hygiene can also help.
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Respiratory Treatment at Children's National Hospital
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Departments that Treat Pneumonia
Children's National is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals for pulmonology and lung surgery because of our expertise in the field, and the quality of care provided to patients and their families.
Critical Care Medicine
With the only pediatric, cardiac and neuro-intensive care units in the immediate Washington, D.C., area, Children's National Hospital is the region's leading provider of critical care medicine for seriously ill and injured infants and children.
Respiratory Care Services
A dedicated team of nearly 100 professionals provides respiratory care services around the clock for outpatients and inpatients at Children's National Hospital. Our therapists excel in the field for their technical knowledge as well as their expertise in working with kids.