The Relationship Between Platelet And Leukocyte Levels In Newborns With Infection?
Is infection always associated with high levels of platelets and leukocytes in newborns?rnCan babies fight infection without injection of antibiotics?
Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Platelets and leukocytes are two of the many elements or compositions of blood that are commonly seen levels to help determine the cause and severity or cure of a disease. If you want to know this, usually the doctor will ask you to do a blood test.
Regarding your question, high levels of platelets are also known as thrombocytosis and elevated levels in the body can be associated with abnormalities of the spinal cord as an organ that produces blood, certain types of infections such as tuberculosis bacterial infection, lack of iron, lack of vitamins and certain types of cancer. So that thrombocytosis is not always caused by infection, because there are infections that actually cause low levels of platelets such as dengue virus infection in cases of dengue fever.
Likewise, high levels of leukocytes or leukocytosis, especially in newborns, need to be considered again about the normal limits because indeed, if in older children or parents the upper limit of leukocytes is only around 10-12 thousand, in newborns the leukocyte level can reach 34 thousand and is still considered normal.
However, if it is higher than that, then among the causes it could be due to infection, then it could also be due to allergies, immune system disorders, disorders in the bone marrow, and cancer.
So our advice is that you consult with a pediatrician about this condition because the lab results are only supportive, the most important thing is to take a history and physical examination. Each of the above possibilities in addition to showing abnormal lab results will also show certain symptoms, such as fever, bleeding or bruising, the child looks weak, and so on which will further direct the child to the possibility of a certain medical condition.
Then about whether the baby can fight without antibiotics, as long as the infection is mild or caused by a virus then antibiotics are not needed. But of course, the one who can determine this is your pediatrician, so check your baby to the doctor to avoid misunderstandings and unwanted things.
If your baby has a fever, you can apply a warm compress, and continue breastfeeding or formula feeding. If you want to know more about thrombocytosis and leukocytosis, click the following link to our article on Thrombocytosis and Leukocytosis. I hope you and your family are always healthy.
That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D Basfiansa