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A septic workup is a series of tests that look for an infection, and its source, in babies. It's most often done with newborns up to 3 months old. A septic workup looks for an infection caused by bacteria.
A septic workup tells your doctor whether your baby has an infection that needs treatment.
Newborns can get infections easily. Their immune systems are not yet able to fight off many illnesses. Sepsis is a serious illness caused by an infection. A baby could get very sick or even die if there is an infection that is not found and treated. So it is important to find and treat an infection early.
It's not always easy to tell if a baby is sick. You may not know if crying or fussiness means that your baby is ill. Signs of a problem include:
A septic workup is done at the hospital. The doctor will take a sample of blood from your baby. Your doctor may also take a sample of your baby's urine or spinal fluid. The samples will be tested for bacteria.
Your baby may stay at the hospital while you wait for the final test results. This may take a few days. During that time, the doctor may start treatment.
If a test shows that your baby:
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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