Pneumonia refers to various lower respiratory problems that involve
swelling of the small air passages in the lungs (alveoli). Pneumonia in
children occurs most often in infancy and early childhood. It can be caused by
viruses, bacteria, or an object lodged in an air passage. Pneumonia may vary
from mild to life-threatening. Bacterial pneumonia can be a serious
The symptoms of pneumonia may be mild or severe and can
sexually transmitted infection that can cause a
life-threatening pneumonia in newborns. A baby may get pneumonia during birth
by inhaling some of the bacteria from the birth canal. The symptoms of
chlamydia pneumonia are a persistent cough, rapid breathing, and mild or no
January 10, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& David Messenger, MD
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