Do viral lung infections affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In children, viral lung infections can be more severe. In fact, children may be more likely to experience a viral lung infection after catching a common cold. Children who have mucus in their lungs or difficulty breathing should see a doctor because they could suffer serious consequences from the viral lung infection. Because children's airways are smaller, and they are more susceptible to high fever, their condition should be monitored closely. Infants may have trouble feeding if they cannot breathe through the nose. Children who have conditions like asthma could experience further complications, like an asthma attack, because of their viral lung infections. Children are also more likely to develop respiratory syncytial virus, a certain type of viral lung infection that can become serious in some.

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