A few weeks ago my little boy was sick with Pneumonitis that was an impression on his chest X-ray results. I was really worried about it and the first thing that came into my mind is Pneumonia which is said to be at high risk in babies, small children and older adults. What is the difference of Pnemonitis and Pnemonia? I did a research and found out that Pneumonitis is a general term defined as an inflammation of the lung tissue whereas Pnemonia is technically a type of pneumonitis because the infection causes inflammation. When they use the term “pneumonitis“, most doctors are referring to other causes of lung inflammation. Let me share what I have learned from my research.
Pneumonitis cause, symptoms and treatment in children
Factors that can cause Pneumonitis
- Exposure to airborne irritants
- Inhaled chemicals
Symptoms of Pneumonitis
- Keep the surroundings at home clean.
- Avoid exposure to airborne irritants such as pollution, pollen, mold, dust and chemical fumes.
- Clean the Aircon filters regularly.
- Do not give cold and oily foods
- Drink warm water to relieve coughing spasms.
- Place a vaporizer or nebulizer in the bedroom at night.
- Use an air disinfectant that kills viruses.
The pediatrician prescribed medicine for my little boy to treat the Pneumonitis. She prescribed Klaz Clarithromycin to be taken three times a day. It may be taken with or without food. My little boy loves the strawberry flavor and works well on him. It is important to always consult your doctor or pediatrician before giving medicine to your child. Thanks to Dra. Rowena David for always being helpful to my child’s health condition.
After eight days, my son stopped coughing and felt better. Still I let him finished his medicine intake up to 10 days. Currently my little boy is actively playing. He is not coughing anymore but still have colds. I think it is allergies to the changing weather condition. Because my little boy is thin and underweight, we decided to take him for a PPD skin test to make sure that he is not sick with primary complex.
Health source credit to mayoclinic.com, rightdiagnosis.com and freemd.com.