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Neonatal Sepsis

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Neonatal Sepsis is a kind of blood infection that occurs in an infant younger than 90 days. Early-onset sepsis is visible in the first week of life. Early-onset neonatal sepsis most often appears within 24 hours of birth. The baby gets the infection from the mother before or during delivery.

Signs and Symptoms

General symptoms include:

  • Body temperature changes
  • Breathing problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood sugar
  • Reduced movements
  • Seizures
  • Slow heart rate
  • Swollen belly area
  • Vomiting
  • Yellow skin


Its major causes are:

  • Group B streptococcus infection during pregnancy
  • Premature delivery
  • Water breaking (rupture of membranes) that lasts longer than 24 hours before birth
  • Infection of the placenta tissues and amniotic fluid (chorioamnionitis)