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Is a baby able to get bacterial meningitis?

Is a baby able to get bacterial meningitis?

Yes: Although it is thankfully rare, it can be life threatening. Generally a baby with meningitis will be extremely ill. Obviously, if you ever have such a concern, have your baby evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes(meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include headache, fever, stiff neck and light sensitivity. Causes may be infectious, tumor or chemical irritation. Medical evaluation is indicated ...Read more


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How dangerous is the disease bacterial meningitis in a baby?

How dangerous is the disease bacterial meningitis in a baby?

Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating.It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents.The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started. ...Read more

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Baby head is burning hot, but forehead n body pretty cool could this be bacterial meningitis, and he consantly hits himself in the head and bangs his?

More info needed: If you want us to render a diagnosis we at least have to have a temperature to go on. Touch and feel temperatures are meaningless. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a infant surviving bacterial meningitis?

What are the chances of a infant  surviving bacterial meningitis?

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

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How do you get bacterial meningitis?

How do you  get bacterial meningitis?

Contagion: Some are from contact with an infected patient such as meningococcal, but some develop secondary to an infection elsewhere in the body, such as lung affected cns. ...Read more

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How do you get bacterial meningitis?

Infection: Dont know what you are looking for- giving a general answer. Usually infection from other parts of body may spread to the meninges (the layers surrounding the brain). Infection in blood, infection in parts of body adjacent to the brain like ear, nose, sinus etc. And also if the is some form if manipulation of the meninges (shunt, brain surgery, lumbar puncture), it increases the risk. ...Read more

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How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

How does someone get bacterial meningitis?

Not easily: The organisms causing this usually live in the back of the nose and throat as normal bacterial populations. They get into the blood stream and enter the subarachnoid space (surrounded by the meninges) though a structure called the choroid plexus. It is an uncommon disease these days since advent of vaccines for the meningococcus, pneumococcus and hemophilus influenzae. ...Read more

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How can one get bacterial meningitis?

How can  one get bacterial meningitis?

Germ + invasion: Your typical meningitis germ can be acquired from contact with an asymptomatic carrier or actual meningitis patient in secretions they leave behind. This includes on objects or surface or through direct contact. Your hands can pick them up, pass them to your face where they can enter the nose or upper airway. They can linger for a while & do nothing or begin to invade & cause you an infection. ...Read more

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Why do children and young adults get bacterial meningitis?

Why do children and young adults get bacterial meningitis?

Go To School/camp: Because they go to school, clleges/dorms, and camps where there is more chances of contacting the infection if one has it it spreads eassily. ...Read more

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My son just turned 12... How long do I have to get him immunized for bacterial meningitis? And how does one catch this meningitis ?

My son just turned 12... How long do I have to get him immunized for bacterial meningitis? And how does one catch this meningitis ?

Menactra: According to the manufacturer, immunity begins to decline after 2-3 years but may last as long as 5. The initial dose is recommended at 11-12 years, with a booster at 16-18 years. The highest risk for contracting this disease seems to be for those living in close quarters , such as in dormitories. ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Bacterial Meningitis (Definition)

Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the fluid that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord. It is caused by bacteria. It is important to determine the cause to decide ...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