why do they do spinal taps on babies

rashidanyc Thanks to my dumb friend knowingly bringing her ill 1 year old over and not tell me he was sick my 7 week old had a high fever and almost got admitted :(My LO was in the NICU for 3 weeks, why anyone would knowingly bring over a sick child and give him Motrin so I didn t know why is beyond me. The night before my LO didn t want to eat much but I thought maybe it was the formula switch. Then at her pre bed feeding she spit it literally all up, even through her nose. I panicked and called her ped who said it might be reflux and to not let her sleep flat ( I don t anyways). I watched her for 2 hrs she seemed ok so I laid her in her bouncer.

Normally she wakes up at about 730am to eat. I had to wake her up and she refused to eat. She felt warm and sure enough temp of 101. I didn t even call the ped back because they always told me with both of my girls if they are under 2 months Take them in Especially with my LO Heath issues at birth too. We went right to Children s Hosp here in Pittsburgh and we didn t even wait 5 min to be seen. They told us because she won t be 8 weeks till tomorrow they will still treat her under their 7 week policy which means full work up INCLUDING lumbar puncture! I was in tears. My 3 year old has never been sick minus a little cold so I was very unaware and worried.

My poor baby had to have 2 iv s, blood work, a cath because she was not peeing due to not eating and they needed urine, a chest X-ray and spinal tap :( it all thank God came normal which means she has a virus. She finally started eating last night I was so happy but still running a low grade fever, which they told me she prob will till around Sunday night. All of thins because someone wanted to be underhanded and drugged their kid up so I didn t even know he was sick and bring them over :(
How should I prepare? Prior to your procedure, your blood may be tested to determine how well your kidneys are functioning and whether your blood clots normally.

This test will also help detect signs of increased intracranial pressure which should be detected prior to performing the lumbar puncture with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). You may also have a prior to the lumbar puncture to determine if there is abnormal swelling in and/or around your brain called hydrocephalus. You should report to your doctor all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, especially to medications or to.

Your physician may advise you to stop taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or a blood thinner for a specified period of time before your procedure. You should tell your doctor if you are taking blood-thinning medications such as Warfarin (Coumadin ), Pradaxa, Heparin, Lovenox, clopidogrel (Plavix ) and over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen. Also inform your doctor about recent illnesses or other medical conditions. You will likely be instructed not to eat or drink anything after midnight before your procedure. Your doctor will tell you which medications you may take in the morning.

You should plan to have a relative or friend drive you home after your procedure. You will be given a gown to wear during the procedure. Women should always inform their physician and x-ray if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the to radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby. See the for more information about pregnancy and x-rays. If your child is having a lumbar puncture, you may be able to stay in the room during the procedure.