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24-Hour Monitoring for Sepsis in Children

Treatment will depend on your baby’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.

Early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to stop sepsis. If your baby’s healthcare provider suspects sepsis, your baby will get antibiotics right away, even before test results are available. Once the provider has the test results, he or she may change the treatment.

A newborn with sepsis may be very ill. He or she will need to stay in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). In the NICU your baby will be watched very closely. In addition to the antibiotics, he or she will get other medicines, oxygen, nutrition, and help with breathing, if needed.