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.
Your child may have had a lumbar puncture test (spinal tap). This test helps the doctor find out what is causing your child's symptoms. These often include a bad headache, a fever, and a stiff neck.
Most people get better without treatment in a few weeks. But some people may feel weak and tired for months after the illness.
The doctor has checked your child carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
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 call line 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 call 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 call line if:
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Current as of: July 30, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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