It’s not the wrong pillow, a stiff neck can be a sign of meningitis

Suara.com – A stiff neck is often associated with the wrong pillow problem. In fact, that’s not always the case, you know. A stiff neck, especially if experienced by children, should be watched out for as one of the typical signs of meningitis.

This was revealed by a pediatrician from the Indonesian Pediatric Association (IDAI), Dr. dr. Vonny Ingkiriwang, Sp.A. in a health webinar, Monday (28/3/2022).

“What is unique is because it attacks the lining of the brain, we can see the stiffness in the neck. If we bend the head while he is lying down, we can’t, because there is stiffness. Here we can suspect that the child has meningitis and this is very serious,” he said. quote from Antara.

Symptoms of meningitis can also be seen from the patient’s difficulty seeing light and feeling dazzled, looking confused because the infection in his head causes severe headaches and high fever.

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“To be sure, we usually do an examination of bone marrow fluid,” said Vonny.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord, one of which is the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), which can also cause pneumonia if it attacks the lungs.

Consultant pulmonology specialist in internal medicine dr. Herikurniawan Sp.PD, KP, FINASIM said that the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae normally resides in the nose and throat. But when it comes out, for example, it aspirates into the lungs, causing pneumonia.

“If bacteria enter the blood, they will enter the lining of the brain, causing meningitis. If they enter the ear, they will cause an ear infection,” said the doctor who practices at the RSCM-FKUI.

In terms of transmission, bacteria can be transmitted from an infected person to another person through droplets, for example when he coughs and sneezes like COVID-19 and pulmonary TB.

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“That’s why it’s important for people to wear masks when they’re sick. When they talk or cough, germs can be accommodated in the masks so they don’t spread in the air,” said Herikurniawan.