Information on COVID-19
Learn more about COVID-19, information about previously scheduled appointments and what you can do to help protect your child and family. View COVID-19 information.
Riley at IU Health Facilities have implemented visitor restrictions to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, flu and other respiratory viruses. View visitor restrictions.
Information on Previously Scheduled Outpatient Appointments
To ensure the health and safety of all our patients and team members during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’re making adjustments to some of our outpatient appointments. View updates to outpatient appointments.
Free Virtual Coronavirus Screenings
IU Health has launched a virtual clinic to offer individuals in Indiana regardless of age free coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings. View screening details.
Información sobre el COVID-19
Obtenga más información acerca del COVID-19, incluyendo las preguntas más frecuentes y lo que puede hacer para ayudar a protegerse y proteger a su familia. Ver información del COVID-19.
Restricciones para visitantes
Las instalaciones de salud de IU Health han implementado restricciones a los visitantes para ayudar a minimizar la propagación del COVID-19, la gripe y otros virus respiratorios. Ver restricciones para visitantes.
Información sobre citas ambulatorias previamente programadas
Para asegurar la salud y la seguridad de todos nuestros pacientes y empleados durante la pandemia del coronavirus (COVID-19), estamos haciendo ajustes en algunas de nuestras citas ambulatorias. Ver actualizaciones de citas ambulatorias.
Exámenes de coronavirus virtuales gratuitos
IU Health ha lanzado una clínica virtual para ofrecer a las personas en Indiana, independientemente de la edad, evaluaciones virtuales para la detección del coronavirus (COVID-19). Ver detalles de la evaluación.
A respiratory tract infection is an infection of the lungs, airways, sinuses or throat. Viruses, bacteria, mycoplasma (a special kind of bacteria) and fungi cause respiratory infections. Children tend to get respiratory infections because they have not built up resistance to the viruses that cause most of these infections.
Generally, there are two groups of respiratory infections:
Usually, respiratory infections are cured completely if treated early, but serious, complex infections may be life-threatening if proper treatment is not provided.
Complications of a respiratory infection may include:
Some respiratory infections and their complications can be prevented with timely vaccination against influenza virus and pneumococcus.
If your child has a complicated respiratory infection, the doctor may perform one or more of these tests:
Treatment for lung infections depends on how severe the illness is and whether the infection is bacterial, viral or fungal.
Most bacterial infections are treated with a full course of prescribed antibiotics. Viral infections are often treated at home with rest and symptom care since antibiotics are usually ineffective. Fungal infections are treated with antifungal medicines.
Children who are at greater risk for serious complications may be hospitalized. For severe symptoms, treatment may include intravenous (IV) antibiotics and/or oxygen therapy.
For more information about complicated respiratory tract infections, please visit the resources below.
Riley at IU Health offers a broad range of supportive services to make life better for families who choose us for their children's care.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.