Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Brain Abscess in Children

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The key to treating a brain abscess is early detection and treatment. A child with a brain abscess requires immediate hospitalization, treatment and close monitoring. After your child is hospitalized, Children's team of doctors and nurses will educate your family on how to best care for your child at home.

Traditional treatments for a brain abscess

The goal of treatment is to reduce the pressure in your child's head and to treat the infection.

  • Medications: used to control the infection, seizures, fever and/or other conditions that may be present
  • Surgery: required if the medication doesn't work, the abscess gets bigger or there is a chance of the abscess rupturing
  • Breathing machine: used in severe cases to help your child breathe easier
  • Therapy: physical, occupational or speech therapy to help your child regain muscle strength and/or speech skills
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