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Infant got jaundice. Was tested for CRP which was positive. What treatment is required? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good Afternoon
Doctor:Please proceed with your query.
User:good afternoon doctor
User:i have a kid of 11 days
User:doctors has performed CRP test and it resulted positive
User:can i know what is this test and what does it mean?
User:what the treatment he needs?
Doctor:May I know, why the test was done?
User:he got jaundice and has little problem in taking breathe
Doctor:CRP is actually C reactive protein.
Doctor:This is done to see if there is any acute infection.
Doctor:It is actually very non specific test.
Doctor:That means it does not show where and what type of inflammation is there.
Doctor:It just indicates that there is some inflammatory process going on in the body.
Doctor:Are you following me?
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User:i am back
Doctor:It is ok. Did you understand what I mentioned?
User:what is the treatment I can expect for such a situation?
Doctor:Since the cause cannot be identified with CRP,
Doctor:doctors may start an antibiotic for the treatment.
Doctor:CRP levels go down by itself once the inflammatory process comes down.
User:i heard from one of my friend that giving antibiotic is not good for newborn
Doctor:Antibiotics or any medications are given based on comparing the benefit and adverse effect.
Doctor:If it is necessary only, the doctors will give antibiotics.
Doctor:So, if it is required, then it would be better to give.
User:which process is best for this - fluids or drops or some other way?
User:and how long these needs to be given?
Doctor:Drops may be given.
Doctor:Sometimes, if baby is in hospital, intravenously medications are given.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Usually, if antibiotics are started, it will be given for around 5 days.
Doctor:The decision of starting an antibiotic can be taken only by the examining pediatrician.
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