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Pneumonia is an infection of the lung that causes fluid to collect in the air sacs (alveoli).
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.
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Yes, we can perform a chest x-ray if the provider thinks it is necessary. It is not necessary to have a chest x-ray to diagnose pneumonia. A provider can diagnose based on listening to your child breathing.