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Whats newborn pneumonia?

Whats newborn pneumonia?

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 more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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What is newborn pneumonia from?

What is newborn pneumonia from?

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 more

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What exactly is newborn pneumonia?

What exactly is newborn pneumonia?

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 more

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Newborn pneumonia after a week of hospitalization?

Newborn pneumonia after a week of hospitalization?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: Newborn pneumonia?

What is the definition or description of: Newborn pneumonia?

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

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What are the ways to predict the symptoms of newborn pneumonia?

See below: I'm not certain what you mean. The symptoms would probably be a fever, trouble breathing, and a need for oxygen. There is no way to predict the symptoms. Premature infants maybe at an increased risk for developing neonatal pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for newborn pneumonia?

What is the treatment for newborn pneumonia?

Antibiotics: Sometimes it is also necessary to provide respiratory support with intubation and oxygen. ...Read more

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Newborn pneumonia after a week. Was it a missed diagnosis? Had gbs.

Newborn pneumonia after a week. Was it a missed diagnosis? Had gbs.

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 more

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How can newborn have symptoms of pneumonia?

How can newborn have symptoms of pneumonia?

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

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What year were pneumonia shots given or recommended to newborns?

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

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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