When bacteria are in your child's bloodstream it’s called bacteremia. This illness usually occurs in children 3 months to 3 years of age.
The main symptom is fever.
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history. Your provider will examine your child. Your child will have blood tests to check for bacteria.
Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics may be given by mouth, by a shot, or by vein (IV).
If your child is seriously ill or there is concern that the bacteria has spread to another part of the body, your child will need to stay in the hospital for treatment.
Fever increases your child's fluid needs. Encourage your child to drink lots of fluids, even though he or she may not want to drink because of feeling ill.
For fever, give acetaminophen or ibuprofen according to your child’s healthcare provider’s recommendations. This will make your child more comfortable.
Follow your child’s healthcare provider's instructions. Ask your provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup.
Keep your child’s shots up to date. Shots routinely given during childhood can protect children against many of the types of bacteria that can cause bacteremia.