What are the signs and symptoms of pediatric pneumococcal infections?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Meera Varman, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Children with pneumococcal infections usually have a temperature higher than 102°F, along with symptoms of specific infections, as follows:

  • OM – Otalgia, upper respiratory symptoms, vomiting

  • Sinusitis – Headache, facial tenderness (much less frequent than in adults), symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection lasting for 10 days or longer

  • Occult bacteremia – Fever without a localizing source in children aged 2-24 months

  • Pneumonia – Cough; chest pain, shortness of breath, or respiratory difficulty; malaise and poor appetite

  • Meningitis – Stiff neck, vomiting, headache (older children); high fever (>103°F), lethargy, irritability, poor feeding, inconsolable crying [1]

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