During Early June, Baby Cayleb was caught with a long duration of non-subsiding high fever. Ice pack to cool him off did not help,thus we did not hesitate and send him straight to KKH for diagnosis and scans, in which the resultant was E Coli infection.
He have to be set a plug ( Very the painful for him, with the loud crys). Our swift decision to send him to KKH was a wise one, as any pro-longed delay will have resulted in a longer stay otherwise. He have to be on a term of antibiotic to eradicate the bacteria, no choice even though not advisable to infant.
Another learning point is to get insurance for baby the soonest. It will come in definite handy, especially on the financial aspect. It is uncertain to say when the baby will need it, as they are still vulnerable and susceptible to illness-es. Thus get it as soon as possible when the baby is born. It is a plus to us, to get it early.
E-Coli Infection: Not Just From Food
E coli and other gram-negative bacilli, such as strains of Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Proteus, and Pseudomonas, can also cause non–food-related illnesses, including blood infections (septicemia), inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) in newborn children, and urinary tract infections in children and adults of all ages.
In most newborn infections, E coli or other gram-negative bacteria have usually been passed from the mother’s genital tract to the newborn during childbirth. They can also sometimes be spread through person-to-person contact with caregivers or other children.
Signs and Symptoms
A baby who develops septicemia often demonstrates signs and symptoms such as
- Fever, including a temperature that goes up and down
- Breathing characterized by grunting
- Lack of appetite
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
- A swelled abdomen