What Causes Sepsis in Children?

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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.   Keywords: causes sepsis children
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