A 23-year-old female asked:
what is the effect of septicemia on neonates?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett answered
37 years experience Pediatrics
Septicemia: Septicemia is a serious blood infection that can be caused by a variety of bacteria. Untreated in neonates, it can result in death. As signs of septicemia is very subtle in neonates- many doctors aggressively treat with antibiotics if neonate has temp >100.4f, temperature instability, feeding poorly, lethargy. Blood cultures are drawn before starting the antibiotics.
Answered on Sep 22, 2016
Dr. Holly Maes answered
35 years experience Pediatrics
Mother or baby?: Does the mom have septicemia or the baby? Both are very serious situations and both can be deadly if left untreated. However, if it's mom, antibiotics can be given before birth to try and help protect infant. If the baby is the one infected, you are looking at a minimum of 1 week of IV antibiotics in the hospital, and the possibility of a very rocky course, because an infection like that can kill.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Charles Turck answered
16 years experience Pharmacology
Grave disease: Septicemia is a serious condition that is caused by an infection in the bloodstream. The infection can spread to the organs and cause them to fail. If the mother has septicemia, she can take antibiotics & fluids to help treat the infection before the baby is born. If the neonate is infected, antibiotics need to be given as it is much more serious in a newborn and organ failure can lead to death.
Answered on Jan 16, 2018
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