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Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

Wheezing: Wheezing and severe cough in an infant may be due to rsv. The younger and smaller the infant the more severe the illness will be. Premature babies are at the highest risk and may require hospitalization. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

A highly contangious condition in which the eyeball and ...Read more


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What causes conjunctivitis in babies?

What causes conjunctivitis in babies?

Infections and Chem: Newborns can get conjuctivitis from chemicals (prophylaxis for infections at birth), bacteria (gonorrhea, chlamydia), or viruses (herpes). Any large amount of discharge and red/watery eyes should prompt an exam by a physician. ...Read more

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What's the pathophysiology of RSV and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

What's the pathophysiology of RSV and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

RSV: Respiratory syncytial virus (rsv) causes infection of the respiratory tract. It starts as a cold, but then the virus spreads to lower respiratory tract and causes infection/inflammation in the smaller breathing tubes (bronchioles): swelling of the lining of the tubes and sloughing of the lining of these tubes with debris building up and causing partial/complete blockage of these tubes. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia bilateral in children contagious?

Is pneumonia bilateral in children contagious?

Yes: Most cases on bilateral pneumonia in children are caused by viruses or bacteria. These organisms can spread through droplets coughed out by the infected child into their surroundings & anyone nearby can inhale those droplets & thus acquire the infection if sufficient number of organisms have entered the lungs to start multiplying in the new host & cause infection. ...Read more

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Why are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis in infants and young children?

Why are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis in infants and young children?

The classic stiff: Neck, arched back, lethargy, irritability and high fever, often after a respiratory infection (pneumonia) or especially ear infection. Once started, head ache, vomiting are also part of the symotims from blocked ventricles and elevated intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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How contagious is viral conjunctivitis in comparison to bacterial conjunctivitis?

How contagious is viral conjunctivitis in comparison to bacterial conjunctivitis?

Infections of the: conjunctiva, whether by virus or bacteria, are usually transmitted by direct contact. The infectious agent is not aerosolized thus it is is transported by either fluid or mucous. ...Read more

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Can terramycin eye ointment be used in infants less than 6 months of age for bacterial conjunctivitis?or chloramphenicol eye ointmt more suitable?

Can terramycin eye ointment be used in infants less than 6 months of age for bacterial conjunctivitis?or chloramphenicol eye ointmt more suitable?

Eye ointments: Most pediatricians will use a gentamycin or other mycin. Chloramphenicol has been removed from the market in the US since it is associated with serious blood dyscrasias and can be fatal. ...Read more

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Is eczema common in babies?

Is eczema common in babies?

Yes: Eczema is common after the first few months of life. Moderate to severe eczema in children is triggered by a food allergy in greater than 40% of children, although very uncommon to be triggered by a food allergy in adults. ...Read more

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Is bronchiolitis contagious to both children and adults?

Is bronchiolitis contagious to both children and adults?

Bronchiolitis: Bronchiolitis is usually a disease of children less than 18 months. If adults get the bronchiolitis virus it is often a simple cold. If there is wheezing on older children and adults, particularly if reoccurring it is likely asthma. ...Read more

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Methemoglobinemia in infants?

Methemoglobinemia in infants?

G6PD defeciency: Two possible causes. Exposure to nitrates (rare in infants) or g6pd deficiency which can also cause methemoglobinemia in infants. Baby would need metabolic work-up and a good history of toxin exposures. ...Read more

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Bronchiolitis in babies, is this fatal?

Bronchiolitis in babies, is this fatal?

Rarely: Bronchiolitis is a potentially fatal illness in smaller infants. I cannot recall ever loosing one in 3 decades of practice but I have heard of a few lost in my local. ...Read more

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Can recurrent bronchiolitis be normal in infants?

Viral / daycare: Are most common cause, asthma can present this way, avoid cig smoke at all costs. ...Read more

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What causes viral infections in new infants?

What causes viral infections in new infants?

New agents: New babies are pretected to some degree from the types of viruses the mom developed immunity to in her lifetime. This immunity is transient & passes thru the placenta during pregnancy.It lasts for a few months in most infants.Premis don't get as much as full term babies. If mom never had & developed immunity to a virus, baby will be susceptable. ...Read more

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Asthma in children more common than in adults?

Asthma in children more common than in adults?

Yes: According to CDC statistics asthma incidence (new cases per year) among adults (age 18+ years) was 3.8/1000, whereas that among children was 12.5/1000. Incidence among children aged 0–4 years was 23.4/1000, more than five times greater than that among youth aged 12–17 years (4.4/1000). ...Read more

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Can incubator cause cataracts in babies?

Can incubator cause cataracts in babies?

No: Cataracts in infants are congenital, metabolic, or from infectious causes. Cataract in infants can rapidly lead to amblyopia and permanent vision loss. Also, white appearing eyes in children may not be a cataract, but may actually be a sign of a retinoblastoma. If your child's pupil is white, it needs to be evaluated urgently. ...Read more

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May older children and adults catch the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv)?

May older children and adults catch the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv)?

Yes: RSV may be acquired at any age. It is especially severe in its presentation among patients who are already ill. The elderly population is also vulnerable. To prevent the spread of RSV, good hand washing and wiping off surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes is helpful. PRMG/Pediatrics/CA ...Read more

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In unvaccinated infants, which type of polio infection is the most common for them?

In unvaccinated infants, which type of polio infection is the most common for them?

Wild polio: If for philosophical or religious or fear of autism reasons a family decides not to vaccinate their children, I have a problem with that. ...Read more