Neonatal sepsis is an important topic in Pediatrics for the NEET PG Exam because it is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that requires early recognition and appropriate management. It is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the neonatal period, especially in premature or low-birth-weight infants.
In this blog we’ll cover the associated risk factors, clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of neonatal sepsis. Keep reading.
A clinical syndrome characterized by signs and symptoms suggestive of systemic neonatal infection with or without bacteremia.
Early onset sepsis (EOS)
Late onset sepsis (LOS)
Early onset sepsis
Onset usually within within 1st 72 hrs. of life
Organisms responsible are usually derived from maternal genital tract like Group B streptococci, E.Coli.
Foul smelling liquor
Premature rupture of membranes (≥ 24 hours prior to delivery)
Difficult/ prolonged labour (1st and 2nd stage duration > 24 hours)
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