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.

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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.

Why are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis in infants and young children?

The classic stiff. Neck, arched back, lethargy, irritability and high fever, often after a respiratory infection (pneumonia) or especially ear infection. Once started, head ache, vomiting are also part of the symotims from blocked ventricles and elevated intracranial pressure.

What are the chances of a 5 month old surviving normally after bacterial meningitis?

Many do quite well. Before we had the multiple vaccines we have today, bacterial meningitis was quite common. Delays in DX can still mean tragic permanent disability or death. Early DX & rx reduce long term problems. Today I look for hearing or seizure problems (some they grow out of) or other signs of subtile change. The majority that are treated agressively do well. One of my office assts kids has no pbs 20 yr latr.
Morbidity rate 40% While the mortality rate of appropriately treated bacterial meningitis is about 5%, the chance of morbidity (complications) is up to 40%. The change of long-term neurologic problems (movement problems, thinking problems, visual or hearing loss, and seizures) ranges from about 10-15%. The chance of these things occurring varies due to many different factors.

What are the long-term effects of surviving bacterial meningitis?

Several side effects. Bacterial meningitis is a severe infection of the covering of the brain. It can lead to death within 24 hrs. It can also result in hearing loss, vision loss or decrease, and mental retardation. In infancy, it can also lead to cerebral palsy. And in some cases can cause seizures.
Many do quite well. Before we had the multiple vaccines we have today, bacterial meningitis was quite common. Delays in DX can still mean tragic permanent disability or death. Early DX & rx reduce long term problems. Today I look for hearing or seizure problems (some they grow out of) or other signs of subtile change. The majority that are treated agressively do well. One of my office assts kids has no pbs 20 yr latr.

What is the probablity of a 5 month old surviving bacterial meningitis?

Depends on variables. Survival & or degree of eventual impairment varies with many variables. The state of the child prior to infection, immunization status, speed of disease recognition & institution of treatment, type of germ involved. Some germs can be deadly quicker than others (meningococcus vs h.Influenza.) most of my cases survived without significant residual damage. The frequency has declined with new vaccines.
Treated early. Outcome should be good if treatment is started early.

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.

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.
Very vulnerable. A baby is extremely vulnerable to infections leading to meningitis due to their immune system being very immature.

If one has viral meningitis, do they have a higher chance of getting bacterial meningitis?

Meningitis. Likely not as I have not seen a patient that has both types of meningitis in over thirty years. While possible very highly unlikely.

If someone has viral meningitis do they have a higher chance of getting bacterial meningitis?

Unlikely. It is not usual that an attack of successfully treated bacterial meningitis will increase the risk of a viral infestation.
Not necessarily. Not necessarily some one with viral meningitis gets bacterial meningitis.