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Pneumonia May Possibly Be Treated at Home

pneumoniamaytreated1.jpgIt hurts any parent’s heart to see their child suffering through the cold season’s worst: cough, cold, and even pneumonia

Pneumonia is fatal for 2 million children under 5 years of age worldwide, with a higher risk of death in developing countries. The standard route when facing pneumonia in children is hospitalization, but a new study finds that antibiotics given at home can be effective as well. This is especially significant for patients in developing countries, where getting to a hospital may be prohibitive due to costs, and distance.

Dr. Donald Thea studied 2,037 aged 3 to 59 months with pneumonia in Pakistan. He found no significant increase in mortality between those treated in the hospital and those sent home with amoxicillin syrup.

Hopefully, this study can lead to better access to antibiotics for children with pneumonia in developing countries.

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