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Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be lethargic, not have much appetite, and may develop low grade liver inflammation. Serious complications are almost entirely related to dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, and acidosis. Often lasts 8-10 days and rarely requires hospitalization. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more


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When we give meropenem in bacterial meningitis?

When we give meropenem in bacterial meningitis?

Rarely: Cefotaxime and vancomycin remain drugs of choice in most cases of bacterial meningitis. Meropenem may be considered for vancomycin-resistant pneumococcal meningitis. Precaution has to be exercised since Meropenem is known to induce seizure in individuals with low seizure threshold. ...Read more

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What causes viral infections in new infants?

What causes viral infections in new infants?

New agents: New babies are pretected to some degree from the types of viruses the mom developed immunity to in her lifetime. This immunity is transient & passes thru the placenta during pregnancy.It lasts for a few months in most infants.Premis don't get as much as full term babies. If mom never had & developed immunity to a virus, baby will be susceptable. ...Read more

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Can meningitis cause hypotonia in infants?

Can meningitis cause hypotonia in infants?

Possibly: Meningitis can damage the brain and cause problems in tone, but only certain types of meningitis carry a significant risk of brain damage. If meningitis does injur the brain, the baby may be hypotonic at first, but with time, the tone usually increases and the child becomes hypertonic. Persistent hypotonia is usually a sign of other neurologic or metabolic problems. ...Read more

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What are common bacterial infections in newborns?

What are common bacterial infections in newborns?

See below: Streptococcus agalactiae, aka, group b strep., escherichia coli, and staphylococcus aureus are major culprits. They are responsible for neonatal sepsis (blood poisoning), meningitis, pneumonia, uti, and bone and joint infection. ...Read more

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How often is viral meningitis diagnosed in college kids?

How often is viral meningitis diagnosed in college kids?

11 per 100,000: The above stat is quoted as the overall incidence of viral meningitis in various studies with the incidence being the highest in younger children and declining with age. ...Read more

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Is bacterial meningitis in children considered very serious?

Is bacterial meningitis in children considered very serious?

Very serious...: Bacterial meningitis is a very serious infection. Factors that improve outcome depend on which bacteria is causing the infection and how sensitive it is to antibiotics. The earlier a diagnosis can be made and the proper antibiotics and supportive treatment can be given, the better the child will do. Many children do survive meningitis with no long term problems, but some do not. ...Read more

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Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Bacteria more: Destructive. This is a difference in the biology of the pathogenicity of bacteria vs. Viruses. Bacteria induce stronger inflammatory response, release more toxins, enzymes etc. ...Read more

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Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Why is bacterial meningitis worse than viral meningitis?

Many reasons: Bacterial menningitis usually results in pus in the meninges which causes damage it also affects the blood vessels which can cause strokes. ...Read more

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The mts-bacterial meningitis in infants is usually caused by what?

Neonatal meningitis: Ecoli and group b streptococcus are the two most common causes of meningitis in infants. Women are now screened during pregnancy to see if they are carriers and if a women is screen positive she is give antibacterial agents during delivery to prevent infection in her baby and herself. Less commonly, staphylococcus, enterococcus & listeria occur. Neisseria meningitis (seen in adults) is rare. ...Read more

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What can cause viral infections in infants?

What can cause viral infections in infants?

Viruses: The newborn is fortunate to have temporary immunity to many viral illnesses based on moms lifetime of experiences. This temporary immunity is passed thru the placenta & begins to fade by 3-4 mo. After that point an kids get an average of 5-7 viral respiratory illnesses/yr and 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr. Some vaccines (mmr & hep b) are available to prevent some illnesses, but most will self heal. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis treated in college kids?

How is viral meningitis treated in college kids?

Supportive care: Uncomplicated viral meningitis is treated generally as an outpatient with supportive care only such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever and/or pain. Any person showing more severe symptoms, neurologic complications, or other concerning symptom is admitted to the hospital for specific treatments for their complications. ...Read more

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Is malarial meningitis always fatal in adults?

Is malarial meningitis always fatal in adults?

Cerebral malaria: Yes. It is a very lethal infection with mortality as high upto 80% with best clinical setting. The key to save lives are avoiding mosquito bites, recognising the early signs and symptoms of malaria and initiating treatment at the earliest. Lastly, anticipating complications like cerebral malaria and treating aggressively. ...Read more

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Can neck pain, general malaise and nausea be only symptoms of bacterial meningitis in adults could vaccinated child pass disease to unvaccinated adult?

Can neck pain, general malaise and nausea be only symptoms of bacterial meningitis in adults could vaccinated child pass disease to unvaccinated adult?

Not the only symptom: Bacterial meningitis causes a severe headache and neck ache- not just general malaise and nausea....That sounds more like flu. Viral meningitis can be passed form person to person and bacterial forms that we do not have vaccines for so yes to second part of question- if you have concerns about meningitis that person needs to be seen asap. ...Read more

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Which hospitals treat bacterial meningitis the best?

Tertiary centers: Tertiary centers generally offer a wide variety of services and specialists, and are often teaching hospitals (have residency programs). People with bacterial meningitis are best treated in facilities with an intensive care unit and Infectious Disease specialists. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) and bronchiolitis in infants under 2 months old?

Wheezing: Wheezing and severe cough in an infant may be due to rsv. The younger and smaller the infant the more severe the illness will be. Premature babies are at the highest risk and may require hospitalization. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is meningococcal meningitis bacterial meningitis or are they 2 different things?

Is meningococcal meningitis bacterial meningitis or are they 2 different things?

Different: Bacteria of many types can cause meningitis. In premi's it is often Group B strep or E.coli. In unimmunized infants and toddlers, Hemoplillis influenzae or pneumococcus & rarely meningococcus. In older kids, teens and adults it may be meningococcus or pneumococcus among others. Meningococcal meningitis is just getting more advertising time with newer vaccines available. ...Read more

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What distinguishes bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis?

Testing: During the primary workup for the presenting illness the fluid from the spinal tap is sent for various tests. These will determine in most cases the type of meningitis. ...Read more

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Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Not contagious: Ear infections are not contagious. Oftentimes, a baby or toddler has a an accompanying cold when having an ear infection. The cold is contagious to another child and that adds a risk of developing an ear infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Bacterial Meningitis (Definition)

Bacterial meningitis can be a life-threatening illness that results from bacterial infection of the meninges (membrane covering the brain) and leaves some ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more