Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord. This inflammation can occur at any age but more disastrous to the brain in a newborn or young child. There are two varieties of meningitis, viral and bacterial. Bacterial meningitis is caused by various types of common bacteria and can induce severe injury to the brain. On the other hand, a virus causes viral meningitis, and there is no specific treatment other than supportive treatment. It is vital to have an immediate diagnosis and prompt treatment with antibiotics. Any delay in diagnosis and treatment will significantly increase the risk of long-term injury or a permanent disability. A diagnosis is usually made by performing a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) and examining the spinal fluid.
Signs of meningitis in newborns and infants:
- High fever
- Excessive sleepiness or irritability
- Constant crying
- Difficulty waking from sleep
- Inactivity or sluggishness
- Poor feeding
- Not waking to eat
- Stiffness in the body and neck
- A bulge in the soft spot on top of a baby’s head (fontanel)
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