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Can adults get RSV from an infected infant or would they just get pneumonia?

Can adults get RSV from an infected infant or would they just get pneumonia?

Yes: Rsv actually doesn't invade the blood during infections and never triggers the quality of immune response you would get if it did. Children and adults will commonly acquire RSV every other year on average throughout life with symptoms of decreasing intensity as they age. Pneumonia from RSV is an exception and generally hits small infants, asthmatics or adults with many health problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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Is infant pneumonia contagious?

Is infant pneumonia contagious?

Pneumonia...: Is an infection in the lungs. Common causes include viruses and bacteria, which can be contagious. How contagious it is, and how it's treated, depends on the germ that's causing the pneumonia. Another cause might be something called "aspiration, " where some substance like milk or stomach contents gets sucked into the lungs. This is not contagious. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pneumonia to the babies, how to prevent this, and what are the medications to treat pneumonia for babies?

What are the causes of pneumonia to the babies, how to prevent this, and what are the medications to treat pneumonia for babies?

Usually Viral: If you have a normal child birth - full term with no complications and all vaccines - then cough and runny nose symptoms are most likely associated with a virus and you can use tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever and nose suction. If the baby is less than 1 month old and has a fever, you need to go to an emergency department. ...Read more

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My 3 babies have pulmonary hyperaeration (8yrs old), interstitial pneumonitis (7 y/o) and primary TB infection(5y/o.What best meds can I have for them?

My 3 babies have pulmonary hyperaeration (8yrs old), interstitial pneumonitis (7 y/o) and primary TB infection(5y/o.What best meds can I have for them?

Possible conditions: If there are chest radiographs/CT scans, perhaps you could upload them. I have a consult service at : healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Keycode: NCYHPZ. Each of these conditions may have a different underlying cause. Hyperinflation may be related to asthma/ bronchial obstruction. Interstitial pneumonitis is commonly associated with viral illnesses, but there are other causes. TB test all household members. ...Read more

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What might cause my 9 month baby to get pneumonia twice in 6 months?

What might cause my 9 month baby to get pneumonia twice in 6 months?

Multiple reasons: A 9 month old with repeated pneumonia has a large differential diagnosis. She could be suffering from an immune deficiency, asthma, congenital abnormality, reflux to name a few. This child deserves an extensive work-up by someone experienced in pediatric lung disease problems. This could be an allergist or pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Can a baby catch germs from an adult and get walking pneumonia?

Can a baby catch germs from an adult and get walking pneumonia?

Yes, it can happen: Yes, they can be infected so if they have symptoms do take them for medical evaluation and treatment. Here's a link to determine if they have symptoms. http://pediatrics.about.com/od/pneumonia/a/walking_pneumon.htm good luck. ...Read more

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My newborn baby was around someone with walking pneumonia could he get it?

My newborn baby was around someone with walking pneumonia could he get it?

Not likely: Interestingly enough mycoplasma pneumonia is very rare in infants. Be on the look out for fever, poor feeding, or just acting different, are all concerning, and call or see your pediatrician if you have any specific questions. ...Read more

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Can a fullterm baby get neonatal pneumonia from group b strep?

Can a fullterm baby get neonatal pneumonia from group b strep?

Yes: Group b strep (gbs) is a gram-positive streptococcal bacteria also known as streptococcus agalactiae. It is not the same as group a strep which causes strep throat. It is a bacteria which can spread from mother to newborn infants and is the most common cause of sepsis and meningitis in the United States during a newborn's first week of life. It is not restricted to premature infants. ...Read more