What is included in the long-term monitoring of neonatal sepsis?

Updated: Jun 13, 2019
  • Author: Nathan S Gollehon, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Muhammad Aslam, MD  more...
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The primary care provider (PCP) should evaluate the infant with a history of neonatal sepsis within 1 week of discharge from the hospital. The infant can be assessed for superinfection and bacterial colonization associated with antibiotic therapy, especially if the therapy was prolonged. The PCP should evaluate the infant's growth and determine whether the feeding regimen and activity have returned to normal.

The Joint Commission on Infant Hearing of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) [63]  and the American Academy of Audiology [64]  recommends that infants who received aminoglycosides should receive follow-up audiology testing, in addition to audiology screening before hospital discharge. Screen these infants between 3 and 6 months of discharge to determine whether damage has occurred.

If neonatal sepsis was associated with meningitis, prolonged hypoxia, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy, or brain abscess formation, the infant should be observed for several years to assess his/her neurodevelopment. If problems are found, the child should receive appropriate early intervention services and therapies.

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