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Warning over baby infections

The heathcare watchdog claims some hospitals are causing unnecessary delays in treating newborn babies suffering infections. New guidance has been published after variations were found in the treatment of babies with early-onset neonatal infection.

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'Unnecessary delays' treating sick babies

Early-onset neonatal infection can be very serious and, at present, there is much variation in how it is managed, with sometimes unnecessary delays in recognising and treating sick babies. Many babies are receiving antibiotics needlessly, and consequently there is concern that the effectiveness of antibiotics is being reduced because of the development of resistance to them. I am sure this new guideline will be welcomed as a useful tool for all those healthcare professionals working in this area.

– Professor Mark Baker, Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at Nice

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