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My Kids' Classmate Has Meningitis ... Help!

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A pediatrician explains the risks.

Momlogic's Julie: Yesterday, I got an alarming phone call from my kids' school ... a student there has been infected by meningitis. What does this mean? Dr. Cara Natterson fills me in.

"Meningitis is a very serious illness. It means that there is an infection in the meninges -- the fluid filled sack surrounding the brain and spinal cord," she says. "Meningitis can be caused by a virus or a bacteria. In both cases, the person with meningitis will have some combination of fever, nausea or vomiting, stiff neck and an awful headache. Bacterial meningitis is considered the more serious of the two. It is highly contagious and most of the time direct contacts are given prophylactic (preventive) antibiotics. It's always a good idea to ask what type of meningitis the child had (bacterial or viral). And if you have specific concerns about your child, call your own pediatrician to see if there is anything more you need to do."

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Has anyone in your kids' school ever had meningitis? Any words of wisdom would be very appreciated!

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
ashley March 16, 2009, 8:20 AM

Oh my gosh!! How scary!! When we were little my baby cousin had it and almost died!! A few years ago, this friend from work had it, I can’t remember if it was viral or bacterial. For about 3 days he complained of severe headaches and backaches then one day his mom tried to wake him and he was very confused so she took him to the er. He was out of work for like 2 or 3 weeks. I hope none of the other kids get it!!

Chrissy March 16, 2009, 8:41 PM

Wow, me too, i hope everyone is healthy.
Actually, this reminded me of a book I recently read called The Moose With Loose Poops. It actually reminds me of a series of books written by Charlotte Cowan.
These are great books to read to your kids and help explain something that you probably don’t know how to explain in the first place.
I loved these books by Charlotte, and you will too, check them out at her website.

jamie March 28, 2009, 7:29 AM

This is scary-every time i see that commercial on tv-i get scared for my daughter. SCARY!!!!!!

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Johnie Bagnall December 15, 2010, 9:22 AM

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Donald Fendt December 17, 2010, 7:04 AM

Once again an amazing website. Always look forward to reading.

Dharmasena, Murage Don February 6, 2011, 5:20 AM

You are not only treating children who are sick but also educating people on health promotion ! well done. Go ahead.

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