Diagnosing and Treating Salmonella in Children
Supportive care for Salmonella can include IV fluids and
Hi I’m Dr Roy Benaroch pediatrician in private practice near Atlanta, Georgia and I’d like to talk to you about salmonella. How to identify symptoms and treat the disease.Salmonella is a bacteria that’s caught by eating contaminated food, often beef, poultry, milk, or eggs. It’s also sometimes transmitted when children play with reptiles, especially small turtles, or duckling and small rodents. The symptoms include diarrhea that’s sometimes bloody, vomiting, abdominal pain, and sometimes fever. Rarely, salmonella bacteria can get in the blood and cause infection outside of the gut.Salmonella infections are treated with supportive care (like IV fluids, if needed, and pain medicines.) Usually, antibiotics are not needed—and in fact in some circumstances using antibiotics can cause the patient to become a chronic carrier of Salmonella. Generally, antibiotics are only given if the symptoms are severe or the child is very young, say less than 3 months, or if the patient has other health issues that predispose to complications. Most people will recover from salmonella gut infections without antibiotics. Salmonella infections in the bone or outside of the gut are usually treated with antibiotics.Thanks for watching for more information visit About.com.