Meningitis?

Silka - posted on 01/25/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter had bacterial meningitis as an infant. Anyone else that has gone through this? Have you noticed any long term side effects in your child? My daugher is now 15 and has bipolar disorder and I am curious if there is a connection to the severity of the bout with meningitis she survived as a 3 month old.

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Nicola - posted on 01/29/2009

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my daughter had bacterial meningitis when she was 6 months old we took her to hosp on the tuesday but they sent her home saying she had a virus so i took her to my doctors the next day and he sent us straight back to the hosp with a letter for them it was the most scariest thing i have ever gone through we were told that if we had got to the hosp thirty minutes later she would have been gone her whole body had shut down they had to put a metal tube in the bone in her leg coz she had no veins we were told that she and everyone has it in the back of the throat and unfortunately it just comes out in some people i dont know if thats def true my daughter doesnt sleep on her own even now she has to cuddle someone for the security she will be 4 in may and as far as we know she is absolutely fine with no side effects but i think untill she starts full time school we wont know if she has any difficultys but so far she seems a happy child do think she has a low immune system now thoughxx

Ashley - posted on 01/28/2009

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that's the thing...with Jackson they dont know how he got it and he never grew a bacteria......the doctors were so confused....he had about 4 mri's...ultrasounds....4 spinal taps..he was on three diff types of antibiotics....just about every team in the hospital were looking after him..infectious disease...the pediatricians....rheumatology,..hemotology...neurology....nefrology.....at first they thought he had a blood clot in his brain (they thought he had a stroke)...and it got infected and that's what cause the meningitis...but they ruled that out.....they tried so hard to find out but unfortunately they never did.....it boggled their minds......at one pt they said his case was a double medical mystery......i remember them asking me if we had been around any reptiles but we hadnt......it's scary because i am currently pregnant with our 2nd and it makes me wonder if they had nooo idea what went wrong with Jackson can it happen to this one as well??....

Chancie - posted on 01/28/2009

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I have twin girls; 8 month now. But, Ella got menigitis at 6 months of age. We don't know what kind. All we knew was that she probally gave it to herself and our other children were safe from getting it. The dr. said that with her past history of ear infections along with being put on so many antibiotics and then getting steriods her little immune system couldn't take anymore. The drs said that she was a very sick baby and could die. We were on pins & needles the next 24 hrs waiting for things to take a turn for the worse. They had her hooked to everything and on blood pressure meds, oxygen for safety reasons, advil, tylenol (temperature) seizure meds (she had seizures for 6 hrs before they diagnosis them) and two different antibiotics to fight the infection. We prayed and our friends, family & church members prayed. We were terrified for 24 hrs & nothing big happen. The drs were amazed b/c everything that she was suppose to do they were able to control w/ meds or she just didn't do it. We were in the hospital for 14 days just to finish off the IV antibiotics. She came home and we took her off anti seizure meds within two weeks of our hospital stay. To look at her today, you never would have guess she had ever nearly left us ! The drs told us she had the worst case he had ever seen. When he did the spinal tap it was nothing but milky puss. With God's help and her determination she is crawling around now with her twin sister and three other siblings ! No side affects so far !

Silka - posted on 01/27/2009

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Thanks to everyone for your help! Ashley, I can sympathize with you and your experience. It was probably the scariest soul searching time of my entire life watching my precious little baby with so many wires and needles and IV's and not knowing if she would survive the night. I am so glad that your little boy came through it ok!!! My family has a strong history of bipolar disorder so it makes more sense that she was born with it, but I have always wondered if having meningitis as a baby somehow contributed. It doesn't matter now anyways I guess, we can only move forward, can't change the past. Do you mind if I ask you what type of bacterial meningitis your son had and how the doctors think he got it? My daughter's was caused by Salmonella which the state health department insisted must have come from our pet iguana, even though his cage and the pet store where he came from all tested negative, and my daughter never came near him and we were all really good about washing our hands and none of us got sick. Just never was convinced that was the real cause. I have read a lot about cases of salmonella poisoning from certain brands of powdered formula around that time that I always wonder if that was the real culprit.

Ashley - posted on 01/25/2009

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my son is 8 months old and was 2 wks old when we brought him into the hospital with severe bacterial meningitis in his brain...if we had waited a day longer to bring him in we would have lost him.....he was in the hospital for 2 months and still had a bit of the infection when we left the hospital......they did many MRI's on his brain and so far he seems ok but things could change once he starts going to school. I am not sure if it will have any long term effects on him.....they also found brain damage which we figure is from labour so it's not related to the meningitis.....i'm sorry this prob didnt help u out at all but i am often quite curious myself if he will have any side effects from it......the drs have said he has completely recovered from it but i guess really only time will tell for us......

Silka - posted on 01/25/2009

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She had problems sleeping after the meningitis as a baby, waking several times through the night. She hasn't slept normally her whole life, but it became very evident when she started puberty and told me that she doesn't fall asleep until 5 am so when I was trying to get her up for school at 7 am it was a nightmare. She now goes to night school for high school and is doing so much better. She was failing almost all of her classes before because she was so tired and could't pay attention. She also had awful temper tantrums from the time she was 1 until she started kindergarden, throwing herself backward on the ground and flailing around like she was having a seizure that would last for anywhere from 10 minutes to hours of crying and raging. I do think she has had symptoms of bipolar since she was a baby.

Melissa - posted on 01/25/2009

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Most likely, if the bipolar disorder was in direct correlation with the meningitis, it would have surfaced soon after the infection. Since psychological disorders such as bipolar disorder are usually attributed to chemical imbalances in the brain, i.e. the seratonin is not balancing out the dopamine, etc, and she is now a teenager and is suffering from the psychological problem, the two are probably not related.



 



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Ali - posted on 01/25/2009

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My husbands grandson had bacterial meningitis when he was about 6..They didnt think that he was going to make it..He did..

Threw the illness he had a hard time keeping up with school learning.

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