Treating & Preventing Meningitis In Toddlers

Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis may be caused by bacterial or viral infection. Sometimes it may be due to fungal infections. In fact, almost any microbe can cause this disease.

Viral meningitis can be very uncomfortable but it is not life threatening and most people fully recover from it within a few days.

Bacterial meningitis is more dangerous and it can be caused by a wide range of different bacteria. Meningitis is an infection that causes the meninges to become inflamed. The meninges is a system of membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

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Because meningitis can sometimes lead to severe conditions, it is always essential to seek medical care.

Treatment of Toddler Meningitis

Being a parent it is essential for you to know that how to identify if your child is struck by toddler meningitis. For identification of the disease in your toddler take the following steps:

  • Take your child to your pediatrician if he suffers from any fever or vomiting. Although it might not be always serious, it is also a sign of meningitis and it is better to be cautious.
  • If your toddler feels any headache or complains of pain in the neck area, seek medical advice. Babies and toddlers are not able to describe their symptoms so this should be addressed by a doctor.
  • Take your child immediately to the doctor you find it difficult wake your child up. This is one of the signs of meningitis.
  • If your child suffers from seizures, carry him to the nearest emergency room as this could be a sign of meningitis.

The diagnosis of meningitis is usually done by collecting fluid from the spinal cord. This fluid is analyzed to determine whether the exact cause meningitis - whether it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

Undergoing this test can be very uncomfortable and painful for your toddle, but unfortunately, there is no other way to diagnose meningitis accurately.

Prevention of Toddler Meningitis

For the prevention of meningitis in toddlers, vaccination is required to be given. Take your child to the doctor for vaccination against this deadly disease.

Because meningitis is a potentially a life threatening disease, immediate treatment is required. Usually the following steps are taken by the doctors for treatment.

  • If there is any indication of respiratory distress, oxygen may be provided to help the child breathe.
  • A heart monitor is connected to measure the child’s heart beat rate.
  • An IV may be needed to give fluids and to correct any dehydration.

Meningitis can be deadly to a child in a matter of hours. If you child experiences any symptoms, get medical help immediately.

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