Pneumonia in kids: How to spot a lower respiratory tract infection


Dr Parekh says, “The most undervalued tool that can be used by parents is measurement of respiratory rate (RR) i.e. the number of breaths your child takes in a minute.”

“Normally, we are not measuring the respiratory rate, but during this poor air quality season, incredibly low AQIs, with the kind of crazy lung infections, pneumonia, bronchopneumonia and bronchitis, I would beg every parent that if your child today has a cough and cold, is running a fever, please keep an eye on their RR,” he adds.

According to the pediatrician, if the RR is more than beyond a certain number, parents should take their children to the doctor the same day or the very next day.

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