How to Cure Meningitis in a Newborn

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Newborns infected with meningitis are normally a result of an infection in the bloodstream. Most of these infections are typically caused by bacteria acquired as he passed through the birth canal, and most commonly, group B Streptococcus, Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli. Meningitis in the newborn is extremely dangerous, with a mortality rate as high as 25 percent. Immediate treatment is necessary for a newborn with meningitis.

  • Look for symptoms of bacterial meningitis in newborns such as fussiness, irritability, appetite loss, high fever, vomiting, skin rash, seizures, and unusual eye and facial movements.

  • Have a lumbar puncture test or spinal tap performed when meningitis is suspected. This will be performed through your child's doctor in the hospital. Cerebrospinal fluid should also be tested for cell counts with differential, Gram stain, protein, glucose determination and bacterial cultures.

  • Ensure your newborn is in the hospital. Intravenous antibiotic treatment should be started immediately and aggressively. Intravenous antibiotics should continue for no less than 72 hours after all bacteria cultures are negative.

  • Add acyclovir to the treatment if HSV infection is possible. A dose of 10 to 15 mg per kg should be administered every eight hours for 10 days.

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