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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?

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 more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...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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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 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

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Is it normal for a 6 yr old child with asthma to get pneumonia every year?

Is it normal for a 6 yr old child with asthma to get pneumonia every year?

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

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Can you get pneumonia from a child who just got the prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine?

Can you get pneumonia from a child who just got the prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine?

No: Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine does not contain any live bacteria or viruses. The vaccine can not cause pneumonia or infection in the person who was vaccinated or any contacts. Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine is very safe and effective. ...Read more

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What is done for a baby that was born with pneumonia?

What is done for  a baby that was born with pneumonia?

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

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How dangerous is it for a small baby to have pneumonia?

How dangerous is it for a small baby to have pneumonia?

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 more

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How can you tell if a baby has pneumonia or just a cough?

How can you tell if a baby has pneumonia or just a cough?

See doctor: Physical exam and possibly chest x-ray may be necessary, but this will depend upon the clinical history and findings by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about a baby that was born with pneumonia?

Can you tell me about a baby that was born with pneumonia?

Depends on which one: There are several common pneumonias that babies can be born with. Also how big was the baby? If the infant was on a ventilator for several days, then there might be some short term wheezing that can go along with the healing process. ...Read more

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Baby scimitar syndrome pneumonia. Is this a real condition?

Baby scimitar syndrome pneumonia. Is this a real condition?

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 more

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Is it ok to breasfeed my 2weeks old baby even i have a pneumonia?

Is it ok to breasfeed my 2weeks old baby even i have a pneumonia?

Usually: Most pneumonia is not something you would easily pass to the baby and any meds they gave you to treat it are likely okay during breastfeeding.Check with your babies doc to be sure. ...Read more

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How long will it take my 11months old baby to recover from pneumonia?

How long will it take my 11months old baby to recover from pneumonia?

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

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What is bilateral pneumonia?Its very bad for may 1 year and 8months baby?

What is bilateral pneumonia?Its very bad for may 1    year and 8months baby?

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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Baby born with pneumonia. Is it curable?

Baby born with pneumonia. Is it curable?

Yes: Newborn with pneumonia requires IV antibiotics in hospital for at least 7 days ...Read more