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Sepsis In Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Sepsis is a serious condition that occurs when your child's body overreacts to an infection. It is also called systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) with infection. An infection is usually caused by bacteria that attack the body. The body's immune system normally fights off an infection within the affected body part. With sepsis, your child's body overreacts and causes symptoms to occur throughout the body. This leads to uncontrolled and widespread inflammation and clotting in small blood vessels. Blood flow to different body parts decreases and may lead to organ failure. Sepsis requires immediate treatment.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
The following are ways that you can help prevent infection, which can lead to sepsis:
- Have your child checked by his primary healthcare provider if he often gets lung, sinus, or skin infections. This may help prevent more serious problems.
- Have your child vaccinated against infections caused by viruses or bacteria, such as the flu virus.
- Keep your child away from people with infections, such as those with a cough and colds.
- Wash your child's hands and your hands often with soap and water.
- If your child has a weak immune system, ask his caregiver if there are other things you can to help prevent infection.
- Do not let anyone smoke around your child. Breathing in cigarette smoke can harm your child's body in many ways. Your child is more likely to get certain types of infections if he breathes in cigarette smoke. Being around cigarette smoke can also affect your child's lungs and cause breathing problems. Do not let anyone smoke inside your home. If you smoke, you should quit. Quitting smoking will improve your health and the health of those around you. Ask your caregiver for more information about how to stop smoking if you are having trouble quitting.
- Your child may need more rest than he realizes while he heals. Quiet play will keep your child safely busy so he does not become restless and risk injuring himself. Have your child read or draw quietly. Follow instructions for how much rest your child should get while he heals.
For more information:
- Sepsis Alliance
610 West Azeele Street,
Tampa , FL 33606
Phone: 1- 813 - 874-2552
Web Address: http://www.sepsisalliance.org
Contact your child's primary healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child's skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Your child is coughing hard or coughing up blood.
- Your child has a high-pitched cry.
- Your child has trouble breathing, or his lips and fingernails are pale or turning blue.
- Your child is not able to eat, suck, or drink, or is urinating less or not at all.
- Your child looks very tired or weak, or he is more fussy or sleeping more than usual.
- Your child passes out or has a seizure.
- Your child's bowel movement or vomit has blood in it.
- Your child's symptoms do not improve or get worse.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.