Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Pneumonia is called community acquired when germs common in the community cause it. Although pneumonia rarely causes serious problems, it needs to be followed closely.

A doctor can often diagnose pneumonia just by examining the child. Sometimes a chest X-ray is needed. Sometimes blood tests are needed to help decide if antibiotics are necessary.

Although your child may improve in one to three days, a cough may last for several more weeks. Every infection is different, so be sure to ask your child's doctor what to expect with your child. Talk to your child's doctor about when to send your child back to day care or school.