Pneumonia is an infection of the lung that causes fluid to collect in the air sacs (alveoli).
- Labored breathing
- Rapid breathing
- Pulling in between the ribs with each breath (retractions) sometimes painful breathing
- Fever, sometimes with chills.
Most rattly breathing is not pneumonia. Your child needs to see a healthcare provider to check if he or she has pneumonia. Pneumonia may be caused by viruses or by bacteria.