Demetrios Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics Discusses the Commonness of UTIs Among Newborns

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In response to an article published by Healio Pediatrics, Demetrios Gabriel discusses research that reports that Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the most common serious bacterial infection with newborn children.

Demetrios Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics responds to an article published by Healio Pediatrics on December 27th, 2013, which reports that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common serious bacterial infections in newborns.

According to the Healio Pediatrics article titled “UTIs most common serious bacterial infection in infants,” UTIs are more common than bacteremia and meningitis in infants aged from one week to three months.

In the study, which was recently published by The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Tara L. Greenhow, MD, of the department of pediatrics, a division of infectious diseases at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and colleagues “evaluated 5,636 blood, 4,599 urine and 1,796 cerebrospinal fluid cultures from 6,232 full term infants aged 1 week to 3 months.”

Results showed that 13.5 percent of infant patients were found to have a serious bacterial infection (SBI) and 92 percent of these patients with a first-time SBI had a UTI. Complete evaluations of the infant are performed when they are seven to 28 days old.

Demetrios Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics believes that knowing this information soon after birth is crucial for treatment. “It is important in the young febrile child and infant to screen for UTIs. It is by far the most common SBI that we see in our practice. This study just further validates what we are seeing clinically.”

Gabriel Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care to children throughout the New York area with practices both in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Our board certified pediatricians and experienced staff help provide a very warm and nurturing environment for both you and your children. Our approach combines the latest treatment methods with the personal attention you should expect from your doctor. Simply put, we understand the importance of communication and trust and we are earning that trust one family at a time.

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