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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

Get to know our pediatric experts.

Monica Federico, MD

Monica Federico, MD

Pulmonology - Pediatric

Jordana Hoppe, MD

Jordana Hoppe, MD

Pulmonology - Pediatric, Pediatrics

Mark Abzug, MD

Mark Abzug, MD

Infectious Disease - Pediatric, Pediatrics