Sometimes a child develops a severe illness and can’t be treated with at-home care alone. These situations can be frightening for the parent and for the child, especially when it’s unclear what is making the child sick.
In the United States, Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria are a leading cause of meningitis and sepsis in a newborn’s first three months of life. The bacteria may be passed from pregnant women to their babies during delivery, because about one in every four pregnant women carry GBS bacteria in their body.
The Global Sepsis Alliance has stated that COVID-19 can cause sepsis, the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection that can lead to organ damage and death. In the U.S., one in three patients who die in a hospital die of sepsis. Many different types of infections can cause sepsis, but the most common cause is pneumonia.
Disruptions to routine medical care have posed significant challenges for doctors and patients dealing with chronic health conditions. Now, experts are also worried that we might experience a resurgence in preventable illnesses among children because the pandemic has interrupted normal vaccine schedules.