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Settle an argument for us. My friend says "RSV is WAY worse than pneumonia in a toddler". I say "Severe cases of RSV&pneumonia are equally dangerous."?

Settle an argument for us. My friend says "RSV is WAY worse than pneumonia in a toddler". I say "Severe cases of RSV&pneumonia are equally dangerous."?

Both serious: Both RSV and bacterial pneumonia can be serious in young children. RSV is caused by a virus and is self-limited, but may take weeks to resolve. Bacterial pneumonia is usually treated with an antibiotic. Either can require hospitalization if the patient doesn't seem to be getting enough oxygen. ...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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Why does my toddler keep getting bronchial pneumonia?

Why does my toddler keep getting bronchial pneumonia?

Many Things: A number of possibilities.A weakened immune system.Possibly the baby has asthma, not welled controlled.An underlying condition, such as cystic fibrosis or Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency.An anatomical defect of the lung.Not ever healing from the original infection is possible.You need to ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Who's decision to follow? Neurologist put toddler in pheno bec of 2febrile seizure bec of Pneumonia. Pedia/Neuro advise to stop bec dats normal 6m-6y

Who's decision to follow? Neurologist put toddler in pheno bec of 2febrile seizure bec of Pneumonia. Pedia/Neuro advise to stop bec dats normal 6m-6y

Hard to say: Many would use the type of seizure event as a guide. Those that are complex, longer than 15 min, interfere with breathing,etc, might push for treatment.Brief events that do not interfere with breathing are often ignored.As a general rule, pediatric seizures are considered a product of a developing nervous system and not the fixed problem seen in adults. ...Read more

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Possibility of aspiration pneumonia if toddler drinking, coughed, started to spit up & swallowed back down. All while laying. Would symptoms be immediate?

Possibility of aspiration pneumonia if toddler drinking, coughed, started to spit up & swallowed back down. All while laying. Would symptoms be immediate?

Yes: Sounds like he has a normal gag reflex (to help get stuff out or airways that shouldn't be there). It's not uncommon to spit up and cough if goes down wrong tube. Symptoms such as breathing issues or becoming agitated would be somewhat immediate. ...Read more

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Toddler aspirates up to honey thickness&gets pneumonia&chronic h-flu ear infections. (Has tubes) Is it possible ear drainage is getting to lungs?

Toddler aspirates up to honey thickness&gets pneumonia&chronic h-flu ear infections. (Has tubes) Is it possible ear drainage is getting to lungs?

No ear drainage asp-: -iration- The ear canals don't drain to the throat/mouth. Certainly any nasal/sinus drainage runs the risk of winding up in the lungs. Coughing is our body's way of attempting to keep the secretions formed in the back of the throat and sinuses out of the airways. ...Read more

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What are the different signs of bronchitis and pneumonia in toddlers?

What are the different signs of bronchitis and pneumonia in toddlers?

Bronchitis is viral: Bacterial bronchitis really nonexistent in kids. Bronchitis is just a way of saying chest cold. Same virus that causes a cold, but it involves upper airway between lungs & vocal cords. Treated the same way: rest & patience. Pneumonia is also usually viral in kids, but can also be bacterial. Warning signs: prolonged high fever, labored breathing, marked inactivity. Type of cough is unimportant. ...Read more

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Signs of aspiration pneumonia in toddlers?

Signs of aspiration pneumonia in toddlers?

Aspiration pneumonia: Most forms of pneumonia are caused by aspiration of microorganisms from above. The term you are using usually refers to the aspiration of periodontal flora causing an aerobic/anaerobic polymicrobial necrotizing pneumonia. These are generally slowly progressive, causing fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, malodorous sputum and breath, nasty taste in mouth, etc. Very very rare in toddlers. ...Read more

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What are the signs or symptoms of pneumonia?

Pneumonia.: Symptoms include cough, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, chills and sweats. Can develop quickly or can take some time, depending on the bacterium/virus involved. Signs include a measured fever and typical findings on a chest X-ray. ...Read more

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Can a child with pneumonia go swimming?

Can a child with pneumonia go swimming?

Seriously ??: Why would you ever consider this ? The child need not be exposed to who knows what in the pool/ocean water, possibly aspirate water, or stress the lungs with exertion. Might want to ask MD for strict guidelines for activities. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What does pneumonia sound like in a child?

What does pneumonia sound like in a child?

Pneumonia: Usually pneumonia will present with a cough, the child may have fever, chest pain, shortness of air, and when you listen to their chest with a stethoscope you will hear "rales" which are faint sounds over the area of the lung that is involved. Sometimes also rhonchi, which are tubular sounds made by congestion in the airways. ...Read more