Originally Posted by Mama Dragon
momofmine, honest question here - would you have a 6 month old baby diagnosed with pneumonia, and not give them antibiotics? Do you understand how deadly pneumonia is?
I'm guessing the answer is yes, and I'm guessing you'll say you'd do other natural healing methods in addition to the abx, and that's fine. But a baby with pnuemonia needs abx. Everything the OP has said has indicated her baby has a bacterial infection - mostly because he started getting better while on the abx. Do you think it's not indicated here? No vague answers, please. I'm talking about OP, 6 month old baby, pneumonia that is most likely bacterial.
Actually baby began getting "better" (ie. fewer symptoms) on Prednisone, a steroid which suppresses the inflamatory reactions. Baby had 'cold like symptoms', runny nose, etc. BEFORE the "diagnosis" of pneumonia. A chest X-ray has subjective interpretation, and in no way indicates bacterial or viral origin. Only a culture and sensitivity could declare this is a "bacterial" pneumonia. Labs could also indicate some viral or bacterial origin. I didn't read the whole thread, but there was some lab, iirc. ??
The onset of fever, further indicates a likely viral origin. Bacterial pneumonia in a healthy infant is less likely than viral origin, imo.
I would do alternative health for respiratory illness, and only antibiotics with a confirmed sputum for C&S.
A healthy body CAN handle bacterial pneumonia. It is not always deadly, as suggested. More likely, is an aspirate pneumonia, if it were in the right upper lobe. And plenty of folks recover from mild aspirate pneumonia without antibiotics. There are many sources and degrees of "pneumonia". This baby was obviously ill. But, I disagree with "Everything the OP has said has indicated her baby has a bacterial infection - mostly because he started getting better while on the abx.".
Viral pneumonia does not need antibiotics, unless baby has progressively not improved and is at significant risk of developing
a SECONDARY bacterial infection. The steroid eliminates the excess mucus and allows improved airway exchange, that alone will improve healing.
I agree that it is very important to TRUST the assessment and intervention skills of your health care provider.