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Antibiotics for early-onset neonatal infection (NICE clinical guideline 149)

Published: 01/08/2012

This guideline was produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH) on behalf of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Early-onset neonatal bacterial infections are particularly dangerous if there are any delays in recognising that the baby is ill and starting treatment.

This information explains what NICE has said about how the risk of infection can be managed in healthy babies, the treatment that pregnant women should be offered if their baby is at risk, and the care and treatment that should be given to babies who have a suspected or confirmed infection.