Blood infection / bacterial sepsis
Bacterial sepsis is an infection of the blood that can be serious, but is fortunately treatable.
Also known as blood poisoning, bacterial sepsis occurs when resistant bacteria enter the blood stream, usually through a cut or other opening in the skin. The condition is very serious and when it is suspected in a young child, it is treated with high doses of strong antibiotics.
Fortunately, today’s vaccines have prevented most of the common causes of bacterial sepsis. It’s vital that your child have the Hib and Prevnar shots. If they have not, consult your physician. Missing either one of these vaccines will leave your child more vulnerable to bacteria sepsis.
Additionally, if a child has an immunosuppressive condition, such as sickle cell disease or HIV, they are at a higher risk for acquiring bacterial sepsis.
A child with bacterial sepsis will most likely develop fever. They will also have pain in the infected area, which will be extremely red.
It’s recommended that you keep any cut or opening in the skin as clean as possible to prevent bacteria from entering. Also, watch your child for signs of infection; redness and swelling at the wound and fever. If you suspect bacterial sepsis, take your child to the doctor right away.
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