U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 22-year-old member asked:

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for elderly children?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Yes: It is more dangerous in that more severe illness and even death is statistically more common in the very young or the elderly. In both age groups pneumonia is still usually readily treatable with appropriate antibiotics and support. The highest risk of serious illness occurs not just with age, but with the existence of some other underlying disease. (cancer, heart disease, hiv, etc.).
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
What?: What are elderly children. After the age of 18 months children may do slightly better than their younger counterparts, but bacterial pneumonia can be a deadly disease, particularly if there is delay in management.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 21-year-old member asked:

Is bacterial pneumonia more dangerous for children?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
It can be: Very young children or those with underlying severe chronic diseases are more at risk for complications and even death than older children or adults. The same applies to patients at the other end of the age spectrum, that is the elderly. Pneumona is usually treatable with antibiotics and support however.

Related questions

A 32-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 52-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 44-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 24-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 67-year-old male asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jun 18, 2018
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.