What is the inpatient treatment for pediatric pneumococcal pneumonia?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Meera Varman, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Administer intravenous ceftriaxone until the child has improved clinically, with a subsequent outpatient regimen for a total of 10 days of treatment.

For critically ill patients, the addition of vancomycin should be considered, but most pneumococci causing non-CNS disease, even penicillin-resistant strains, should respond to high-dose ceftriaxone.


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