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Pediatric meningitis treatment guidelines

Meningitis is a very serious illness that could cause significant brain damage to your child or even death. What is meningitis?

It is basically an infection of the lining (meninges) and the fluid that cover the outside of the brain and spinal cord. The infection can spread into the brain tissue and cause brain damage. If not treated immediately, it could have fatal consequences.

Meningitis is of two kinds: bacterial or viral. Viral meningitis is not treatable with antibiotics. It is usually controlled with pain or anti-inflammatory medication. Bacterial meningitis is the more serious type of meningitis. This requires prompt diagnosis and treatment failing which the infection is likely to spread and affect your child’s brain.

Limping and stiffness are among the most common symptoms of child meningitis. A child with an unexplained limp must not be ignored. There may be other reasons for the limp, but limping is also one of the common symptoms of meningitis among young children. It is absolutely essential that a doctor who is confronted with a limping child take an accurate history of everything the child has been through. A full examination of a limping child is a must. This should involve checking for multiple bruises or rashes. It is also important to check the temperature in all children with an unexplained limp.

Other symptoms of meningitis in addition to limping are as follows:

High fever: Over 103

Severe headache: This is extremely painful and occurs because the brain’s lining gets severely inflamed.

Vomiting: The irritation in the brain triggers persistent vomiting (usually more than just a few times).

Neck pain and stiffness: This is usually a severe pain in the back of the neck. Some children will experience so much pain and stiffness that they will refuse to look down at all. This occurs because the brain’s lining is connected to the lining of the spinal cord.

Photophobia: Sensitivity to light.

Limpness: In infants, you cannot determine whether they have stiff necks because they are too young to communicate such discomfort. Severe irritability, lethargy, limpness are signs of any severe infection in infants, including meningitis.

If your child was limping and if your doctor incorrectly ignored that as a symptom of meningitis, then you will be entitled to damages. Failure to diagnose meningitis has serious consequences in young children. It could lead to a permanent disability as a result of brain damage or death. If you have been a victim of such medical negligence,
We will obtain the justice and compensation your child needs for a secure future and hold the negligent parties responsible for their wrongdoing.