Can Newborns and Children Have Meningitis?

Can newborns and children have meningitis?

Yes. The majority of the newborns and children who have meningitis caught the disease by bacterial and viral infections.

As just mentioned, most newborn and children patients got the disease by bacterial and viral infections. This is bad news. Because these two types of meningitis are contagious. So parents need to be careful. Another thing you should know is that bacterial meningitis can be life-threatening if not treated soon enough. You should seek medical help once you start to suspect that your child got the disease.


Newborns can’t talk to adults about the symptoms, so parents should pay close attention to the signs. They include:

  • Fever
  • Refusing to be fed
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Stiff neck
  • Seizure

Signs in children older than 1:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Coma
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion
  • Pain in neck


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