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Pneumonia in Children

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What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs that develops in people who have a viral, bacterial or fungal infection.

Pneumonia in children often begins after they’ve caught a respiratory virus such as adenovirus, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or parainfluenza virus.

Who gets pneumonia?

Anyone can get pneumonia. The viruses and bacteria that cause pneumonia are contagious. They spread easily by sneezing, coughing or contact with contaminated surfaces (like shared drinking glasses, used tissues, doorknobs and faucets). However, getting infected with a virus or bacteria from someone with pneumonia does not necessarily mean that the infection will develop into pneumonia.

Children who are more likely to get pneumonia include:

  • Children with chronic illnesses, such as heart or lung disorders
  • Children with asthma
  • Infants born prematurely
  • Children with a compromised immune system

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Trish Eells, CPNP-PC

Trish Eells, CPNP-PC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Mary Conyers, CPNP-PC

Mary Conyers, CPNP-PC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kim Pierce, CPNP-PC

Kim Pierce, CPNP-PC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Edwin Asturias, MD

Edwin Asturias, MD

Infectious Disease - Pediatric

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