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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9-15

Assessment of the febrile neonate

1 Departments of Paediatrics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, P M.B. 2370, Sokoto, Nigeria
2 Departments of Obstetrics & Gynae cologv, Nigeria

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Fever is the commonest presenting feature of infections in the neonate. A detailed evaluation of the febrile neonate worrisome as the spectrun1 of perinatal bacterial infections continues to widen. There are also changes in the sero-types and antibiotic susceptibilities of microbes, both in the delivery room and the Special Care Baby Unit or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Fortunate y, with the creation of new antibiotics in the face of a thorough ͳ1$wessrnent of the infe-cted pregnant woman and the febrile neonate, effective antimicrobial coverage remains possible. With information and knowledge of national and local trends of infecting organism and disease pattern available it is possible to select an appropriate empiric antimicrobial regimen following a proper assessment of the febrile neonate. It is relevant that in developing countries, unsophisticated research and using basic facilities, can be of value 111 identifying fever cause d by neonatal infection and in recognising its possible solutions.

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