Indoor plants and pneumonia

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Indoor plants and pneumonia

I have a heavy smoker living in my house (we were forced into it due to his cancer and his need for help with breathing.) I am an avid indoor gardener. Is there any cause for concern with indoor plants? Do they produce "airborn" spores? Does the grower have anything to worry about?

Indoor plants are very good for the air quality in the home and you don't have to worry about ingesting spores.

Is your new family member already showing signs of not being able to breathe well?

A healthy, active child is best able to handle a bout of bronchitis. And it's important for a child to have it under control in order to prevent it from spreading.

It's very difficult for a sick child to spread a bout of bronchitis. But if a child has pneumonia, then that's a whole different story!

Anyone living in the household where a child is struggling to breathe, and who is not taking aggressive action to get the child help, needs to know the risk they pose to other children.

When you get a child with pneumonia, you need to recognize the danger you pose to the child who is getting sick. Is that child (or your existing child) being treated with antibiotics? Does the child have to be hospitalized, or could he or she just be given medications at home? If the child is not being hospitalized, do you know whether the hospital you would take your child to will have access to and perform routine tests to identify potential problems, such as lung abscesses or pneumonia?

At the same time, are you willing and able to care for the other children? Can you take on the extra responsibility? Do you have room in the house to provide separate accommodations for the sick child, or will you have to leave the other children in the care of others?

This is where your good-heartedness and abilities to manage risks will pay off. If you do everything you can to ensure your healthy child's safety, then you will be able to concentrate on caring for that child who is in trouble.

you and your husband have to decide whether to stay in the house where your sick child is getting treatment, and what will be your living arrangements. I have three questions.

1. Do you have any tools of indoor plants? what sort of one?

2. Do you keep your kids out of the room where the sick child is?

3. Do you have a separate bed/toilet/shower for your child?

Your other children will be traumatized if you force them to sleep in the same room as the child in trouble. And a child can be sent to school even when there is a risk that he or she might be infected with pneumonia, unless you absolutely need the child in school.

Can you leave your sick child in the care of your spouse, or another adult, and take your healthy children and children who are in good health to another place for at least two days? That would enable you to care for them separately from the sick child.

Thanks for sharing your insight, as I consider my family to be my most valuable asset. I am sure your advice will help me plan ahead.

we have indoor plants and 2 children. one with asthma who is having bad days and can't get her oxygen as good as when she is better and the other is not having issues. can you come up with any medical reasons for being concerned?

Thanks for your advice. We were also forced into a smoke filled home due to his cancer. For some reason it is difficult to get good lungs for him but now that he is in full chemo the lungs seem to be getting better. I am thinking of moving him to a smoke free environment for a bit. I live in Virginia if that makes a difference. I plan on having an attached garage to get some fresh air when necessary. I will probably put the plants in their own room for the foreseeable future. How much of a difference do you think it would make?

We also have one who has asthma and two who have no real issues.

We have been so fortunate in that I know of two homes that have done this and no one got sick.

With all of the information you provided and everything you said I am very impressed.


Quoting kmjohnson8:

We have indoor plants and 2 children. one with asthma who is having bad days and can't get her oxygen as good as when she is better and the other is not having issues. can you come up with any medical reasons for being concerned?

thanks for the advice!

Hello, KM.

I have heard of parents being forced into either a) a smoke filled environment where the children were not present, b) a smoke-filled home where the children were present, but staying in the room, and c) a smoke-filled home where the children were