Hemorrhage of the brain, meninges in children: What you need to know
1. Why do children have cerebral hemorrhage?
Brain hemorrhage in children is a serious and acute illness caused by many causes such as traumatic brain injury due to traffic accidents, daily life accidents, hematologic diseases causing other coagulation disorders... in which Blood clotting disorder due to vitamin K deficiency is the main cause.
According to research, Vitamin K is involved in the synthesis of some clotting factors in the liver. Without these elements, the body is prone to bleeding. 90% of children with cerebral hemorrhage due to vitamin K deficiency usually occur at 45-60 days of age, above this age.
Causes of vitamin K deficiency in young children are due to:
Vitamin K is provided from mother to fetus through the placenta, this amount is very small, and the main part of vitamin K that infants receive through breast milk. However, vitamin K in breast milk is lower than cow's milk, artificial milk powder. The amount of vitamin K in breast milk varies from about 20-30 micrograms/liter; while in artificial milk powder, the amount of vitamin K is over 50 micrograms / liter. The mother's milk is not nourished in the last months of pregnancy, in mothers who follow a strict postpartum diet such as abstaining from fat and oil, the amount of vitamin K in breast milk is less. In young children after birth, at one month old, bacteria are not able to synthesize vitamin K in the intestines enough, so young children are more susceptible to vitamin K deficiency leading to brain and meningeal hemorrhage than older children. Young children who have to take antibiotics early, have digestive disorders also make the source of vitamin K synthesized in the intestine less. Mothers who took medications such as rifamycin, isoniazid, or barbiturates or were exposed to dioxin during pregnancy were also more likely to bleed than babies of mothers who did not take the drug during pregnancy.
2. Dangerous complications of bleeding in the brain, meninges in children
The most common sequelae in children with cerebral hemorrhage include:
Seizures; Motor paralysis; Mental retardation; Hydrocephalus, causing lifelong disability in children. Hemorrhagic disease in children is so dangerous, but it is completely preventable and curable, with few sequelae if the disease is detected early.
3. Signs to recognize bleeding in the brain, meninges in children
Suddenly, the child's skin turns pale, stops feeding, vomits, then the child cries and groans. The child has convulsions, loss of consciousness, and coma. The child continues to have generalized or partial convulsions of a limb, face or body, drooping eyelids. Many children have irregular breathing or intermittent pauses in breathing. The patient's condition is very critical at the moment. If you pay close attention, the mother can notice that the baby's fontanel is swollen and stretched. There are some signs of bleeding on the baby's skin, such as bruising, in the first week after birth, there is prolonged umbilical bleeding and if the child has injected, the injection site will be bruised. When there is bleeding in the skin, in the umbilicus, at the injection site, the child should be taken to the doctor early to detect bleeding easily and be treated early, so as not to cause bleeding in the brain or meninges. If the above symptoms occur at about 30-60 days of age, it can be immediately suspected of cerebral hemorrhage, meninges. Blood tests showed anemia, a lumbar puncture showed a pink discharge.
4. Treatment and prevention of cerebral and meningococcal hemorrhage in children
4.1. Treatment of cerebral and meningococcal haemorrhage Cerebral and meningeal hemorrhage in young children is a serious disease that must be treated as an emergency in the hospital, cannot be treated at home or in the office, so when there are suspicious symptoms, If there is a suspicion of cerebral hemorrhage or meningoencephalitis as mentioned above, the family must quickly take the child to the hospital for a definitive diagnosis.
If it is due to vitamin K deficiency, the child must be actively treated with vitamin K injection, blood transfusion and care, special monitoring, anticonvulsant, breathing support and nutrition because the child is in a coma, unable to suckle.
After hemostasis, the meningeal bleeding is stable, if there is a hematoma, surgical intervention may be required to remove the hematoma. With urgent and expensive treatment methods as above, but the mortality and sequelae rates are still high, so the prevention of cerebral and meningeal hemorrhage for young children is very important.
4.2. Prophylaxis measures for cerebral and meningococcal haemorrhagic disease in infants and young children is completely preventable by the fact that mothers from the time of pregnancy should pay attention to health care. for yourself as supplementing vitamin K through foods such as green vegetables, cereals, milk, eggs, tofu, lean pork, beef...
After giving birth, vitamin K should be provided to all Newborns One dose of vitamin K1 1mg is given to all newborns.
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