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.
- What is pneumonia, and is my child at risk?
- What causes pneumonia in children?
- What signs and symptoms of pneumonia should I look out for in my child?
- What is the treatment for pneumonia?
- When should I see a doctor or call 999?
- How can I manage my child’s pneumonia at home?
- What can I do to prevent my child from developing pneumonia?
This information is about pneumonia in children. We also have information on pneumonia in adults.
Call 999 for urgent help if:
- Your child’s breathing pauses for more than 20 seconds. This is really important for young or premature babies, as it might be the only symptom.
- Your child has a fever and they are struggling to breathe. They may grunt or draw the muscles under their chest in when they breathe. This makes them look like they are breathing with their tummies.
- The colour of your baby's skin inside the lips or under the tongue turns blue.
We’ve got more information about when to visit your doctor and when to call 999.