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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for children?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends on virus
Rsv is a virus that can vary in its effect on an infected child from a simple runny nose to life threatening pneumonia.
The smaller the infant/kid the worse the potential pbs.Kids catch this virus almost every year but seldom have problems after infancy.Other forms of viral pneumonia vary in their outcome. The worst i've known was chickenpox pn in a untreated newborn delivered by a midwife.(died).

In brief: Depends on virus
Rsv is a virus that can vary in its effect on an infected child from a simple runny nose to life threatening pneumonia.
The smaller the infant/kid the worse the potential pbs.Kids catch this virus almost every year but seldom have problems after infancy.Other forms of viral pneumonia vary in their outcome. The worst i've known was chickenpox pn in a untreated newborn delivered by a midwife.(died).
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Compared
Compared to what? Usually it is not that bad but the extreme of the range is death fortunately very rare.

In brief: Compared
Compared to what? Usually it is not that bad but the extreme of the range is death fortunately very rare.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
In brief: It depends
Pneumonias (both viral and bacterial) can be dangerous at both extremes of age - very young ages (<2) & the elderly.
Certain underlying lung & heart conditions can increase the risk of having severe disease, especially in young children that were born premature. Please ensure that children & their caregivers wash hands regularly & receive flu vaccine. Prevention is better than cure.

In brief: It depends
Pneumonias (both viral and bacterial) can be dangerous at both extremes of age - very young ages (<2) & the elderly.
Certain underlying lung & heart conditions can increase the risk of having severe disease, especially in young children that were born premature. Please ensure that children & their caregivers wash hands regularly & receive flu vaccine. Prevention is better than cure.
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
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