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Congenital Pneumonia In Newborn
My son was born w/ dual pneumothorax ischemic hypoxia &congenital pneumonia. I was diagnosed with mild chorioamnitis. Should I worry in future pregnancy?
Germ entry, inhaled: An infants transition to air breathing is marked by exposure to some interesting risks. When the bag of waters opens, germs from the moms anus & genitals can travel up & into that fluid & begin to grow. If labor is long, they may get into the mouth or lungs, or enter the lungs with the first breath. If baby passes poo before birth, it can enter the lungs the same way. All can trigger pneumonia. ...Read more
They're not: There are no pneumonia vaccines given to newborns. The Hepatitis B Vaccine has been recommended for newborns for decades. The initial pneumococcal vaccine for infants was approved for use starting at 6-8 weeks in 2000, with the present expanded vaccine formulation approved in 2010. ...Read more
Worrisome infection: Prior to birth, the lungs are formed but not inflated. Somewhat like a balloon. There is some fluid within the lung spaces that moves into the blood after the lungs inflate (babies first crys). If germs get into that fluid during labor or delivery, the lung tissue becomes infected & functions poorly.Baby may need extra oxygen and breath rapidly. Treatment is aimed at killing germs & supporting baby ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An infection: Pneumonia, neonatal or otherwise, is an infection in the lungs from a bacteria, virus, or fungus. In a newborn typical sources include the vaginal canal, or an ill contact after delivery. Infants on a breathing machine are at high risk of infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Neonatal pneumonia: Duration of illness will depend upon multiple factors, including the organisms involved, mode of acquisition of infection, immune status of the baby, efficacy of therapy and rapidity with which it was begun, whether it required pulmonary support, and so on and so on. ...Read more
Question not clear: Are you asking if a newborn can get pneumonia after being in the hospital for a week? If so, yes. Hospital acquired pneumonias are common, even in infants, particularly if the infant is being hospitalized for another issue. If you are asking whether a newborn can still have pneumonia after being treated for a week the answer is also yes, but the reasons would have to come from the pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Respiratory distress: A description of a newborn with pneumonia is a newborn born to a mother who may have signs or symptoms of an infection. Thus, a newborn may be born with respiratory difficulty (ie. Rapid of difficult breathing) and require respiratory support (Oxygen and/or Ventilation Support). They may or not have an elevated temperature. A Chest X-ray will document chest infiltrates. ...Read more
Pneumonia: Newborn babies are pretty resilient. Plus their mother's transferred immunity protects them well. Whether they can or cannot catch it, if it is contagious, they can and it will depend on who's going to win - the bug or the immune system of the baby. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with walking pneumonia and told I've had it for 2 weeks and have a newborn that is 12 days old and a 3 year old should I worry?
Caution: This germ spreads through water droplets from cough/sneezing. Try to cover up mouth/nose when coughing and wash hands frequently. If your children begin to show signs of respiratory infections be sure to tell their Pedi you had walking pneumonia. Most patients handle this infection well. Can cause temporary wheezing in the very young. Http://www. Webmd. Com/lung/walking-pneumonia ...Read more
Disease proression: GBS is variable in it's pattern. If the germ transfers to baby during early labor, they are often symptomatic at birth and easily recognized. Since they normally enter baby through the nasal passages/lungs, a pneumonia is a common feature. If acquired in late labor or during delivery, GBS disease may wait up to 6 weeks before emerging. Without the chart, I cannot say if it was missed, but likely not ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: The specifics of your case is known best by the treating physicians. I would expect no less than a 10 day course of treatment, but more than that would require a better knowledge of the specifics of the case. Keeping up to date with the treating doc can answer your question. ...Read more