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Sensitivity of the newborn

Sensitivity of the newborn

Question:

- I have a baby of only 4 days who is drowsy and lazy, suck some milk. The pediatrician recommended radiological examination, after the result of the examination found, but uncertain, that he has pneumonia (does not show adequate symptoms) and recommended antibiotic injections, the opinions of the local doctors are contradictory both regarding a radiological examination in a newborn baby, and administration of antibiotics. What decision should be made in this situation? A very good pediatrician states that he does not have pneumonia, despite the fact that 4 doses of antibiotics have already been injected into the baby.

Answer:

Any treatment and any investigation, is generally done respecting the principle "greater benefit than the possible risk", both in adults and children.

Any treatment and any investigation, is generally done respecting the principle "greater benefit than the possible risk", both in adults and children.
Given that the risks of infection to a newborn for only a few days are obviously greater than the risk of possible adverse reactions after radiological examination and administration of antibiotics, these maneuvers may be justified.
In the first weeks of life, the newborn is very sensitive to external aggression, because the immune system is insufficiently developed.
Of course, there will always be differences between the medical opinions of two doctors, which are generally due to the fact that sometimes medicine is not an exact science and almost never in a patient all the signs characteristic of a disease are present, and sometimes there are several therapeutic options, depending on the personal experience of the doctor.


The decision to carry out an investigation or not to administer a treatment can only be made by the doctor who consulted the patient and knows the history and evolution of the case.
Alina Pop-Began
- Resident doctor - Anesthesia and Intensive Care-
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