In children developing mild or moderate pneumonia at home, is three days of antibiotics enough? Evidence Update, Child Health Series, December 2009.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Update is adapted from Haider BA, Saeed MA, Bhutta ZA. Short-course versus long-course antibiotic therapy for non-severe community-acquired pneumonia in children aged 2 months to 59 months. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD005976. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005976.pub2.
Three days of antibiotics is as effective as longer treatments for mild and moderate community-acquired pneumonia.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium (EHCRC), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, 2 pp.