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What exactly is newborn pneumonia?

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Dr. Mahmood Khichi
Pediatric Critical Care 32 years experience
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.
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Dr. Luis Eguiguren
Pediatrics 42 years experience
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.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
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.
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