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Hi all. This article caught my eye. I can relate to it since I had a near fatal case of pneumonia as an infant. I naturally have a strong regenerative body but the pneumonia, and the near-fatal reaction to sulfa damaged that part of my body. I suffered a lot of upsets and insecurities in my early years. My Mom, bless her, had read it was good to let kids cry it out... I remember upset and crying a lot.  I had multiple colds, began to develop allergies which got worse. I do remember my Mom having to spend a lot of time trying to get me well. Later, in my early college years I developed asthma just as I was becoming a track star - had won awards. This gradually became emphysema. I had some twenty bouts with pneumonia 'til I was finally offered a pneumovac up in Portland, OR. 1995. I know many people are against immunizations but I am convinced that saved me. I have not had a case of it since - or if I did, got over it... Were it not for my own ingenuity and trying various things in alternative medicine it would have got the better of me. I don't mean to say "poor me," but my respiratory problems did basically ruin my life. I never received  any allergy desensitization as a child and it got worse. Finally copd... It's finally under control with a lot of meds and haven't given up on alternative therapies...but in the meantime I lost out on a lot of educational and job opportunities and it even affected some of my interpersonal relationships.

I am not saying give babies a vaccine I am saying take extra care the babies and toddlers do NOT get pneumonia. If someone is sick, quarantine them away from your kids! Keep babies and little kids warm at night. It takes a little ingenuity, but do it. Try to help them not get upset. If they are upset and crying hold them and keep them warm and give them a sip of water... Slippers and sox on feet. Draftier near the floor...
Make sure their little heads are fully dry after baths and dress them warm for bedtime. If it is winter use flannel bedding for them and put a space heater. Check on them. If they are wet change the diaper and make sure bedding dry. Do not embarrass them or scold them for getting wet. Love and nurture them and keep them well.
All The Best,  Good Thoughts and always remember how crucial those first years are for a little child...
Barb Townsend
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FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who contract pneumonia during the first three years of life appear to face a higher risk of developing asthma, new research suggests.

These findings raise concern that early childhood respiratory problems may have an enduring and negative impact on growing lungs.

"This supports the idea that the roots of chronic illness in adult life may be the events that occur in early life," said study co-author Dr. Fernando Martinez, a professor of pediatrics and director of the Arizona Respiratory Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

"Early life is a time when organs are developing very fast, and can be affected and altered by outside stimuli or negative events, which may then carry into adulthood," he said.

"So here," added Martinez, "we have shown that when you have a severe episode of pneumonia in early life there are consequences, such as lower levels of lung function and respiratory symptoms."

However, the authors also pointed out that this study can't prove that the early pneumonia definitively caused asthma or later impaired lung function. It's possible that children who developed pneumonia may have already had impaired lung function that made them more susceptible to getting pneumonia, according to the study.

Martinez and his colleagues discuss their findings in the April issue of Pediatrics.

About 25 million Americans have asthma, including as many as 7 million children, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

For the study, the authors focused on nearly 1,250 men and women born between 1980 and 1984. From birth, all were enrolled in the ongoing Tucson Children's Respiratory Study.

All instances of lower respiratory illness were recorded during the first three years of life. After that period, the children were divided into three groups: those who had pneumonia in that time frame, those who experienced another type of respiratory issue, and those who had neither.

In addition, asthma questionnaires were completed by parents until the children reached the age of 16, and then by the participants themselves from ages 16 through 29.

Allergy exams were conducted at age 6, smoking histories were provided starting at age 16, and all participants underwent at least one lung function (spirometry) exam at ages 11, 16, 22 and/or 26. That test assesses the volume and speed of air as it's exhaled and inhaled.

The researchers found that children who had early lower respiratory illnesses, and particularly those who had pneumonia, had a higher risk of impairment in lung function as they reached their teen and adult years, compared to people who didn't have early lung illnesses.

Pneumonia was associated with nearly double the risk of later asthma or wheezing, according to the study. Other types of lower respiratory illness in childhood boosted the risk (to a lesser degree) for later wheezing and impaired airway function, the study found.

"It is not that everybody who has these illnesses in early life will have these problems as adults," acknowledged Martinez.

"It's just that it makes them more susceptible. And from the point of view of public health, that's a very important point. Some people are lucky. But that's just luck. The risk remains that the outcome for many will not be as good, which suggests that we should focus on preventing negative events like pneumonia in early life in order to prevent chronic respiratory illness in adult life."

The study authors also expressed concern that these findings suggest that early pneumonia or other lower respiratory illness early in life might also increase the risk of developing other lung conditions later in life, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Dr. Len Horovitz, an internist and pulmonologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said the study's findings make sense.

"It's really logical, and not surprising," he said. "We clearly see asthma develop in kids with prematurity or with a history of pneumonia and other lower respiratory infections. We also see breathing tube damage, which leaves the lungs particularly vulnerable to infection going forward."

Horovitz stressed that childhood pneumonia survivors need to avoid smoking, which "if it enters into the equation is really going to be a problem."

He also advocated for regular pulmonary function testing to spot, diagnose and treat asthma or COPD as early as possible.

He described the testing. "It's not invasive. But you do have to understand how it works, which is like blowing out the candles in a birthday cake with maximum force, and that can be an obstacle for any patient, particularly when they're young. Still, it's important that it be tried, and you can certainly get a feeling for lung capacity and a good idea of what's going on."

There's more on asthma at the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

SOURCES: Fernando D. Martinez, M.D., professor of pediatrics, director, Arizona Respiratory Center, and director, BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.; Len Horovitz, M.D., internist and pulmonologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; April 2015, Pediatrics

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter
Pneumonia in Early Childhood Tied to Higher Odds of Asthma


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Re: Try to help the little ones to not get sick especially pneumonia
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2015, 01:31:22 PM »
Thank you for this post!

There are some nasty bugs that are spreading like wildfire-- as an educator I see this all the time, parents bring their children to school sick just so they can catch up with some work. I urge the parents to keep their children home if they have fever or symptoms of of an infectious disease- the biggest complaint I get is "how are we going to make money?" Well, I say that the cost is insurmountable if their child becomes more sick and develops pneumonia. Keep the child home till the sickness subsides--Rest is the best!

There are those parents, however, who maybe single parents working at low paying jobs who cannot afford to take a day or two off of work for risk of being fired. For those parents I offer some tips:

  • Network- ask your school or childcare provider for a list of family contacts with children in their class, set up a "playdate" with the family and their children so that your child will be familiar with them. It gives you a chance to get a feel for the family and gives your child a sense of comfort when you need to bring the child to their house.
  • Family- contact a trusted family member beforehand and see if they have availability in case the child becomes ill.
  • Negotiate- be familiar with the laws of your state or town in regards to taking personal or sick leave. Also, discuss  with your employer or supervisor what is the business' policy on taking time off for a sick child and see if there can be something worked out.

All of these tips seem like "common sense" solutions, but with many young families today are relying on "Pinterest" or "Face- book" for advice and do not stop to follow their instincts. They often buckle under the pressures of society and appearances more so than ever.
After 20 years of working in education, I am seeing priorities shift more to how many cool activities that the child participates in, wearing the latest style of clothing, or what hip toy the child has, than the physical, emotional and mental well being of the child. I constantly tell them to leave the social sites alone in terms of child rearing and pick up a phone and seek out advice from elders in their family or follow their own intuition.

Be Safe,


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Re: Try to help the little ones to not get sick especially pneumonia
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2015, 10:54:33 PM »
pB what a wonderful post. There's a lot of truth in all you posted.


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Re: Try to help the little ones to not get sick especially pneumonia
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2015, 04:34:38 PM »
pB what a wonderful post. There's a lot of truth in all you posted.

Thank you Yowbarb :)
Unfortunately, young families are faced with so many conflicts, social pressures, and are weighed down with financial woes these days-- and it is the children who suffer the most. It is my hope that these parents start to realize (and quickly) what matters most, and that is to focus on the well being of their children!

Peace and Blessings,


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