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When a newborn gets choked during feeding could it cause pneumonia by going into the lungs instead of the stom?
How come older people die from asphixician puemonia?
- Jennifer VLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
There is potential, I suppose.
Greater potential if you are feeding formula than breastmilk.
Breastmilk has natural bacteria-inhibitors in it that would help to prevent an infection from forming if some was aspirated. Formula does not, so it could more easily grow bacteria resulting in aspiration pneumonia.
But my experience has been that a newborn has pretty good reflexes and, even if they gag and sputter a bit, they seem to cough enough to prevent this from happening.
If you are concerned about your infant, watch closely for fever, wheezing, increased breath rate or extremities turning bluish. You could always take the baby in for a quick look-see at the doc's office to put your mind at ease. ;) You can also raise the head of the infant's mattress to prevent any reflux from occurring. (A pillow placed *under the mattress* usually adds just enough height without making it too high. Never raise the legs of the crib - the crib could fall off or tip; never just use a pillow in the crib, as this can cause suffocation.)
Older people often end up with aspiration pneumonia by accidentally inhaling vomit or regurgitated stomach matter due to heartburn. Particularly the bed-ridden elderly, whose meals are mostly liquid-y suppliments and spend much of their time laying in bed (and whose esophogeal muscles are more lax, often due to medications, than they used to be, allowing the matter to come back up) are susceptible to this form of pneumonia. The matter is inhaled, it begins to grow bacteria, and - poof! - bacterial pneumonia. Once a person's lungs are scarred from pneumonia, bacteria has an easier time of setting in, too, until the lungs have a chance to fully heal.
- Foxglove KentLv 41 decade ago
Yes, it can, if the baby aspirates it (breathes it in while coughing). Any foreign matter in the lungs can be contaminated with bacteria the lungs are not equipped to handle. It would be very rare - babies choke and spit up all the time, so it's not something terribly worrying.
Older people become more frail as time goes on. Their bodies are less able to fend off serious infections like this. They end up going into respiratory failure, and therefore "suffocate" or almost "drown." Pneumonia is always serious, no matter who has it, but in the very young and the very old, it has the potential to turn deadly very fast.
- 1 decade ago
Nothing can get into the lungs, unless the child is near smokers a lot of the time.
The mucus in the trachea (wind pipe) traps all foreign substances. The cilia (fine hairs on the trachea) then wipe it up and out, then it goes down into the stomach.
But due to a chemical in cigarette smoke, the cilia can become immobalized. This can allow the mucus to flow into the lungs.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
no. when you choke, liquid doesn't go into the lungs.