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Viral meningitis is an illness that causes inflammation in the tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord. It's not the same as bacterial meningitis. The viral illness is often milder.
A lumbar puncture test (spinal tap) is usually done to help the doctor find out what is causing your child's symptoms. These often include a bad headache, a fever, and a stiff neck.
Most children get better without treatment in a few weeks. But some children may feel weak and tired for months after the illness.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 31, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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