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whats a lumbar (sp?) punch? (worrying meningitis phone call can you translate?)
Don't worry too much about the lumbar puncture procedure. The docs will be experienced at doing them on such small babies. My DTDs had probably had about 6-8 of them between them before they weighed 4lb. For neonatologists (docs that look after babies) it is fairly routine I am afraid.
Lumbar puncture is indeed to confirm/rule out meningitis.
ive been trying to contact her and finally got through about 3pm
hes coming home (in fact he will be home by now) he still has a swollen head but as its viral they cant do anything and so he just has to ride it out, i dont think they actully diagnosed meningitis (if it was this i wouldve thought he would still be in hospital??)
but she is to keep a close eye on him and to give him plenty of fluids, -if he seems dehydrated at all he is to come straight back in.
she seemed happy he was coming home.
but if im honest i think id want him to stay in as his head is still swollen, seems a bit funny to me, as in the hospital are releasing him too early???
My ds had the viral meningitis when he was about 1.5 he was in hospital for a week with a drip & was extremly poorly, they nearly done a lumbar puncture on him but thank god they did'nt apparently it is a very unpleasant procedure to have.
I would also be a bit concerned about the swollen head, just make sure she keeps an eye on him, i really hope he is ok xx