Why neck stiffness cannot be illicited in infants to diagnose meningitis?

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.

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What bacteria cause meningitis without causing neck stiffness in neonates?

Confusing question. I know of no one who can reliably assess neck stiffness in a neonate. This is a much better parameter for assessing toddlers and older kids and adults. Most meningitis in neonates is due to group b streptococcus, although e.Coli, listeria, and other germs are possible. Read more...