Septicemia is a bacterial infection of the blood and one of the most common infections that babies get.
The infection is usually transferred from the mom just before or during birth. Often, the mom doesn’t have any symptoms, which makes it even harder to diagnose.
These infections usually occur in the first month after birth.
Septicemia can also occur at any time after that, but then the cause would be something different, the symptoms would be different and the condition would not look the same.
The problem with little babies is that unfortunately they have very few symptoms, and the symptoms can be rather vague and also overlap with many other conditions.
Babies with septicemia are usually lethargic, don’t want to nurse, don’t nurse well, cry more, can even vomit, and aren’t their usual selves.
But all these symptoms can also be signs of an “off” day due to overstimulation, or because the Baby has jaundice, colic, or a whole host of other conditions.
With little babies, you often have to see the doctor a few times before the correct diagnosis will be made. Conditions like colic and reflux usually take a while to develop, and the symptoms don’t pop up overnight.
If symptoms arise quickly, over the course of a day or two, and the symptoms worsen quickly, the condition is usually serious, and you should consult the doctor immediately.
Don’t wait for a fever, as little babies often don’t just get a fever. If you are uncertain, ask questions and go back. Trust your motherly instinct.
Septicemia can’t be diagnosed without the necessary blood tests, and that is why it is so important for blood and urine tests to be done if there is even the slightest possibility that this could be the cause of the symptoms.
If the diagnosis is confirmed, intravenous antibiotics will most likely be administered, treating the condition effectively. With a quick diagnosis and the right treatment, there shouldn’t be any long-term effects.
Remember, you always know your baby best, so go see the doctor if you are feeling uneasy.