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Meningitis in Children (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If a caregiver is concerned that a child has developed meningitis, immediate medical evaluation of the child is essential. Because meningitis is a medical emergency, treatment at a hospital's emergency department is more appropriate than at a doctor's office. If transportation is not available, a caregiver should immediately call 911 for emergency medical services to have the child brought to a hospital's emergency department.

Meningitis is a disease that needs prompt diagnosis and aggressive treatment, especially if it is bacterial. A doctor must perform specific tests to check for the type (usually bacterial or viral) of meningitis. Meningitis cannot be diagnosed over the phone or simply based on a telephone description of the situation.

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