Description: It is the inflammation of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, protozoa, as well as non-infective causes.
Commonly affects: Children of all ages
Most commonly spreads by: food, close contact, coughing and sneezing, and even during labour.
Starts off as: headaches, neck rigidity, increased sensitivity towards light. In babies, it is difficult to see these signs. So, a bulging fontanelle may be an indicator along with fever and poor feeding.
Disease and complications: The inflammation of meninges causes a really serious condition. If your baby has a fever and is unable to look down towards his feet while lying down, just rush to your doctor.
Management: Antibiotics are used in the management of Meningitis. You can vaccinate your baby to reduce the risk of meningitis.
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