Although E. coli is a tiny bacteria, it can cause major illness and even death in some cases. Certain strains of E. coli are toxic and can produce uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
- Severe stomach pain and cramping
- Diarrhea/ Bloody feces
- Low-grade fever
If the baby is born with neonatal E. coli, it can cause meningitis. The newborn will typically display signs of fussiness, listlessness, fever, rashes, breathing problems, and lack of interest in feeding. If doctors suspect the infant has an infection, then they should perform a spinal tap or other tests on the newborn to be certain.
An infant with an infection should be treated properly and should spend a lengthy time in the hospital receiving the best medical care. When this is not done or a doctor has not caught the infection in a timely manner, medical malpractice may be to blame.
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