Neonatal sepsis - Symptom
Sepsis neonatorum; Neonatal septicemia; Sepsis - infant
Infants with neonatal sepsis may have the following symptoms:
- Body temperature changes
- Breathing problems
- Low blood sugar
- Reduced movements
- Reduced sucking
- Slow heart rate
- Swollen belly area
- Yellow skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
Signs and tests:
Laboratory tests can help diagnose neonatal sepsis and identify the bacteria that is causing the infection. Blood tests may include:
- Blood culture
- C-reactive protein
- Complete blood count (CBC)
A lumbar puncture (spinal tap) will be done to examine the cerebrospinal fluid for bacteria.
If the baby has a cough or problems breathing, a chest x-ray will be taken.
Urine culture tests are done in babies older than several days.
- Reviewed last on: 5/9/2011
- Kimberly G Lee, MD, MSc, IBCLC, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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Stoll et al . Early onset neonatal sepsis: the burden of group B streptococcal and E. coli disease continues. Pediatrics 2011: 127:817-826.
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