Meningitis is an infection of the tissues and fluid around the brain. It can be caused by a bacteria, virus or fungus and can be life threatening.

Common Questions

What if my baby has meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the fluid and tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord. The severity of symptoms and duration of treatment and recovery depend on the type of germ causing the infection.

What are the symptoms of meningitis?

Most babies with meningitis have excessive irritability. Poor feeding, a low or high temperature, and increased sleepiness are also common symptoms.

How is meningitis diagnosed?

A baby in whom meningitis is suspected needs to have a lumbar puncture or spinal tap to obtain fluid for inspection and culture. The qualities of the fluid as well as the bacterial cultures and viral studies will help the physician determine what kind of infection is present and how to best treat.