An Infant's Recovery from Bacterial Meningitis: Navigating Care Internationally

2020 Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy  
Bacterial meningitis is an infection that requires immediate medical management. If contracted as an infant, he or she is unable to report the symptoms. This report describes a 2-month-old male who was diagnosed with Group B streptococcal meningitis. Initially, he presented with a fever that continued to rise. He was transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit and diagnosed with meningitis. The infant was administered intravenous antibiotics, glycerol and phenobarbital as an anticonvulsant
more » ... n anticonvulsant and was discharged to go home with his parents. Over the course of months, the infant received early intervention physical therapy to improve head and trunk control and positioning, as well as facilitating transitions and mobility. The infant did recover and achieve normal developmental milestones by 12 months of age. The parents of the infant were not in their native country at the time of the infant's infection and thus experienced confusion. A physiotherapist acted as the translator between the parents and nursing staff and assisted the parents in understanding his current status, plans for intervention and discharge at the hospital and recommendations for follow-up medical care.
doi:10.37506/ijpot.v14i2.2657 fatcat:xpfheuvinjc2hmp6q6dv2ol52q