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Cronobacter Infection in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a Cronobacter infection?

Cronobacter are bacteria that can live in dry places. The bacteria are usually found in powdered baby formula, powdered milk, and herbal teas. A Cronobacter infection is rare but can be life-threatening for infants who are days or weeks old. An infection can cause inflammation around the brain, blood poisoning, or an intestine infection.

What are the signs and symptoms of a Cronobacter infection?

How is a Cronobacter infection diagnosed and treated?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine him or her and ask about signs and symptoms. Tell the provider when they started, and if they are getting worse. Also tell the provider if you give your child powdered formula, even if you are also breastfeeding. Your child's provider will test a sample of blood to check for infection. The test will show if the bacteria are Cronobacter. Other tests may be used to see if your infant has a brain infection. Your child will need to be treated in the hospital with IV antibiotics.

What can I do to prevent a Cronobacter infection?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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