T2 – Management

Although a child may appear more unwell generally with a bacterial pneumonia compared to a viral LRTI, they still can often be managed in the community.   

Comparing management of pneumonia and bronchiolitis, have a look at the table below: 

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PneumoniaBronchiolitis 
Often can be managed in the community Often can be managed in the community 
Oral antibiotics No specific treatment, supportive
Safety net advice important Safety net advice important 
Consider referral for admission if red flags/more unwell May need to admit for support with feeding or if diagnosis uncertain, even if not obvious red flags