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Pneumonia Symptoms in Children

Comparing Adult and Childhood Pneumonia Symptoms

Pneumonia symptoms in children can be quite different from those in adults -- as can their severity. In infants and young children, symptoms can be especially subtle. For example, an infant may have restlessness or difficulty feeding, but no fever. Stomach or neck pain can also be occasionally seen in children diagnosed with pneumonia.
Children who get walking pneumonia, which is most often caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, will have classic symptoms of pneumonia, along with a sore throat and headache.

Viral Versus Bacterial Pneumonia Symptoms

The cause of pneumonia will also play a role in the signs a child experiences and how severe they are. Bacterial pneumonia usually has a rapid onset of symptoms, and they tend to be more severe. On the other hand, viral pneumonia symptoms tend to come on more gradually, not be as severe as bacterial pneumonia, and may have developed a couple of days after the child first developed upper respiratory symptoms.
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