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dd1 in hospital with pneumonia.

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Sassyfrassy Thu 18-Jun-09 20:47:12

My poor 4 year old daughter was admitted to hospital today with pneumonia. She's on antibiotics and oxygen. One lung is not working at all at the moment. My partner, her dad is with her and will be staying with her, but I have to stay at home with the baby and I feel quite upset that I can't be with her.

Does anyone have experience of severe pneumonia and how children recuperate from it. She is usually such a hardy girl who, apart from her asthma, is never ill.

Meglet Thu 18-Jun-09 20:50:55

No experience but didn't want to ignore your post. I hope she is much better very very soon. Are you close enough to the hospital to be able to visit regularly?

Biglips Thu 18-Jun-09 20:52:09

sorry to hear your lil girl is poorly..hopes she get well soon

SoupDragon Thu 18-Jun-09 20:52:36

DS1 was 5 when he had pneumonia. He bounced back within 24 hours of starting IV antibiotics (did not require oxygen though and has no asthma) and had no lasting problems whatsoever.

Sidge Thu 18-Jun-09 21:00:21

Oh poor babe, and poor you it's so worrying.

My DD2 was in for 10 days in January 2008 with total consolidation pneumonia - her whole lung was full of infection and not functioning. She had IV antibiotics, IV fluids, oxygen, physio, regular medication for pain and fever and needed build up drinks once she was eating again as she had such a poor appetite. (It was complicated by the fact she has a genetic disorder and has complex SNs and disability).

I had to be at home with my 2 other girls, so DH stayed with her and I visited daily.

She was in hospital for 10 days then took another week or so before she was well enough to go back to nursery. She was pretty weak for that week, but once she was back to normal she was fine.

I hope your little girl is better soon smile

plonker Thu 18-Jun-09 21:02:12

My dd1 had pneumonia when she was 5.

She actually suffered the worst of it at home, and it was only when the diagnosed 'chest infection' didn't clear up that she was sent for chest x-rays and pneumonia was diagnosed.

She was v poorly but bounced back well

It must be awful for you to be away from your dd sad
She is in very safe hands with her daddy and the hospital. I hope she's home safe and sound with you very soon x

Sassyfrassy Thu 18-Jun-09 21:31:30

Thanks for all the replies. I just got of the phone with dp and she is sleeping now. She's got iv fluids as well as the antibiotics and oxygen now. Good news is that she's finally done a wee. She had gone 2 days without a wee which is why we originally brought her back to the doctors. So thankfully she won't need a catheter now.

The hospital is about 15 minutes car journey but I don't drive, but I'll sort out with friends and family to get lifts in so I can see her every day. The doctor said she would have to be in for at least 3 days, which doesnt sound too bad. It seems so empty in the house now, with just me and dd2 who is fast asleep. I'm just glad dd1 is such a daddy's girl, she's perfectly happy having him there with her/

SoupDragon Thu 18-Jun-09 21:39:08

Soudns good

DS1 still speaks fondly of his time in hospital.

yappybluedog Thu 18-Jun-09 21:41:11

hope she's back home soon smile

cocolepew Thu 18-Jun-09 21:42:44

Hopes she's better soon smile

PaulaYatesMum Thu 18-Jun-09 21:44:16

ds2 was 3 when he had it
went down hill v quick - lost consciousness

came good by 24 hrs later

herbietea Thu 18-Jun-09 21:48:09

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ilovesprouts Thu 18-Jun-09 21:51:50

hope your dc feels much better soon xx

Sidge Thu 18-Jun-09 22:00:07

I recommend a portable DVD player!!

My DD2 watched a lot of films when she was in (in between sleeping). She was too poorly to go to the playroom so we took the DVD player and books for her.

Sassyfrassy Thu 18-Jun-09 22:14:39

She's got her own room with tv and dvd player so I've sent some of her favourite dvds in for her to watch. She's not allowed to go to the playroom for now since her lung isn't working. Dp says she is in a good mood though and seems to think it exciting. I just can't wait to go see her tomorrow.

Sassyfrassy Fri 19-Jun-09 09:03:02

This morning's update is that she needs an ultrasound. The doctor thinks she has fluids in her lung. If she does she'll be transferred to a hospital much further away to have it drained through surgery. Am feeling very upset right now that I can't be with her.

mummytopebs Fri 19-Jun-09 09:07:11

Hope she is ok sassy x What a horrible thing to happen and its awful not being with them x Sending hugs to you and your family x

mummytopebs Fri 19-Jun-09 09:07:49

Hope she is ok sassy x What a horrible thing to happen and its awful not being with them x Sending hugs to you and your family x

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 19-Jun-09 12:29:57

I hope that she has the the best possible results from the ultrasound.

SuperSoph73 Fri 19-Jun-09 12:37:50

No experience of severe pneumonia, but DS2, who has Downs Syndrome, was hospitalised for pneumonia in March (he was 11 months old). He was in for a week on IV antibiotics, which cleared it up completely. The hospital over here (Gran Canaria) does not allow mothers or fathers to stay overnight so we had to leave our poor baby every evening - it was heartbreaking However, he was in the best place & is fully fit now.

Hope your DD recovers as soon as possible.

plonker Fri 19-Jun-09 12:38:22

Oh Sassy, I'm really sorry to hear that sad

Hope she's ok and that the ultrasound shows no problem.

Good luck, keep us update

Sassyfrassy Fri 19-Jun-09 14:43:57

I've been in to see her now and feel much calmer. The ultrasound did show fluids in the lung but not as much as they feared so they will leave it for now and try to reduce it by physio. They'll scan again on monday and see how it is. It was heartbreaking to see her there in the hospital bed with wires and drips and what not everywhere, but she was in good spirits and was very pleased to see me and her little sister.

morningpaper Fri 19-Jun-09 14:46:07

Glad to hear she is improving

Mine has had this and she got better very quickly with IV and antibiotics

It was the slowest and most stressful day or two of my life though, when she was hooked up and barely conscious

She will improve rapidly with luck. Give her whatever food/drink she asks for, that's my top tip!

Good luck x

Sassyfrassy Sat 20-Jun-09 07:45:56

I think we're over the worst now. The worst effected lung is slowly starting to take in air which is a good sign and she's been given excercies to do by the physio to help get the lung back to working and to get all the fluids out. When I spoke to her on the phone yesterday evening she was very excited about blowing bubbles and blowing a ball around using a straw. I've been really impressed by the children's ward and the staff there, they really take great and sensitive care of children.

Today will be a long day though as I can't arrange to go see her at all, but I will be in constant phone contact and call her lots.

morningpaper Sat 20-Jun-09 08:46:34

I'm so glad she is improving. Our children's ward was brilliant too - DD didn't want to come home!

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