A 48-year-old member asked:
what exactly is newborn pneumonia?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Mahmood Khichi answered
31 years experience Pediatric Critical Care
See answer below: Neonatal pneumonia is the infection of the alveoli (air sacks) of the newborn lungs. It usually occurs in premature infants, babies born with congenital conditions of the respiratory system, and neonates with immune defects which make them prone to infections. It is most commonly due to virus, and bacteria.
Answered on Jul 3, 2016
Dr. Luis Eguiguren answered
41 years experience Pediatrics
Dangerous infection: Newborn refers to the age of the child (up to 28 days of life) and pneumonia is an infection of the lungs,, which can be caused by different agents such as viruses, bacteria or fungi.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Dr. James Ferguson answered
46 years experience Pediatrics
Germs: Prior to delivery, infants have access to the fluid that circulates in the bag of waters. The longer that bag is open, the more likely germs can get in and get to baby, enter the lungs, and begin a pneumonia before delivery. Babies can also acquire germs in the birth canal and inhale them with their first breath. Early recognition and treatment is the only chance baby has for survival.
Answered on Nov 13, 2015
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