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Pneumonia in children

Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. It can cause breathing problems, a fever, coughing and wheezing. Pneumonia can affect people of any age, but babies and young children are at higher risk because their immune systems are not yet fully developed.

This information is about pneumonia in children. We also have information on pneumonia in adults.

Call 999 for urgent help if:

We’ve got more information about when to visit your doctor and when to call 999.

Last medically reviewed: September 2019. Due for review: September 2022

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.