What Causes Sepsis in Children?

What causes sepsis in children?

In fact, sepsis can affect anyone at any time. But some people tend to get it more easily, the very old and the very young. As a result, children can be more susceptible to developing sepsis.

Specifically speaking, babies can develop sepsis if they become infected by bacteria, a virus, or a fungus. Certain situations increase the risk, including:

  • Being in the hospital for treatment
  • Being exposed to people who have contagious infections

As with an adult, a child can develop sepsis due to any type of infection.

The following are some most common infections that can cause sepsis in babies:

  • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • E. Coli
  • Candida
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Listeria monocytogenes

Like adults, they have high risk of sepsis,  when children get these illnesses,  such as

  • urinary tract infections
  • ear infections
  • pneumonia
  • meningitis

When left untreated, these can all lead to sepsis, causing serious results. So if you suspect sepsis, call 911 or go to a hospital and tell your doctor.


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