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Causes Of Meningitis 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
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
Hubby small avm ruptured-caused diplopia. 3 neurosurgeons haven't linked infant spinal meningitis & plan radiosurgery . Should spinal tap been given?
Vaccination: Vaccination has proven the most effective way of prevention of bacterial meningitis caused by hemophilus inluenzae ; strep pneumoniae meningococcal meningitis is very sporadic, and routine immunization against it is not currently recommended for young children under age 11. ...Read more
Immune system: Infants, especially neonates, still have developing immune systems; the neck stiffness is a manifestation of inflammation, which requires an intact robust immune response. Due to this, many of the classic adult signs of infection are often muted or absent in infant infections. ...Read more
Very good: Survival is not really the issue. Survival without permanent damage is the major goal. When meningitis is suspected, aggressive treatment is quite effective most of the time. However, many of these children will be left with permanent neurological problems. We are getting better at limiting these problems. ...Read more
Irritability and fussiness are symptoms of meningitis in infants with raised fontanelles. How is irritability defined as it can be subjective?
Several used: Today there are vaccines for three common causes of bacterial meningits. The hib vaccine introduced in the 90's has droppped the rate of hemophillis meningitis by >90 %, the pneumococcal (2000) ; meningococcal(2005) have also helped for teens ; older.There are other causes of meningitis. No one vaccine protects against all causes ; some give strong but partial protection. ...Read more
Can i catch meningitis from the infants i work with? 1 year old i had today is really fussy and warm and irritable but he's sleeping ok. Meningitis?
Can't say if...: ..This child has meningitis or not. It's less likely if he's properly vaccinated. Meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain. It has many causes, the most common of which we vaccinate against beginning at age 2 months. Although you can catch many illnesses working with babies, i'd be more concerned that you would give it to him than that he'd give it to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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