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How Do Babies Get Pneumonia
See below: Most likely an adult who had not already had that strain of RSV (which is less likely), would have cold symptoms or flu like symptoms. Most often, only infants and small children have respiratory difficulty but pneumonias are not impossible - but that would be secondary to the other symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
Not normal: It is not normal for a child with asthma to get pneumonia each year. It is important to make sure his/her asthma is under good control. If he/she is being legitimately diagnosed with pneumonia every year (with chest x-ray), he may also need an immunologic evaluation to make sure his immune system functions properly. ...Read more
Supportive Rx/Abx: Neonatal pneumonia overlaps in its symptom presentation with group b strep (which can present as pneumonia), aspiration & respiratory distress syndrome.Initially, samples of blood are taken for tests & treatment is started with antibiotics & as much oxygen & fluid support as is needed.Feedings may be with held initially but will be advanced when possible or given iv. ...Read more
It can be: It *can* be very dangerous for an infant to get pneumonia. Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria, viruses, and other problems. In most cases, there is a straightforward medical treatment and most babies are significantly better in a few days. Rarely, though, a baby can have a serious infection which is difficult to treat and may cause long term complications or even death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very much so: Scimitar syndrome is a disease that affects the heart and the lung. There are different types some with need for surgery to remove the affected portion of the lung or a catheter procedure to occlude the vessel abnormally supplying the affected lung portion. The extent of anomalous pulmonary venous drainage will dictate whether cardiac surgery is needed. Discuss with your cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: Depends on the cause but most pneumonias in this age group are treated with antibiotics and babies recover in 10 to 14 days with treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Please, please follow your doc's treastment recommendations and go to hospital if any signs the child is struggling. Look for blueness around mouth or hands, extreme fatigue, altered breathing pattern, change in behavior or responsiveness as signs to go back to hospital. ...Read more
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