What causes a brain abscess?
The most common causes are viruses and bacteria. Several factors may increase your child's chances of developing a brain abscess:
Is a brain abscess common?
Brain abscesses can occur in any child, but they're more common in young, school-aged children and occur twice as often in boys than in girls.
What are the symptoms of a brain abscess?
Symptoms vary from child to child, based on their age. The most common include:
- For babies and younger children
- a full or bulging soft spot on the top of the head
- sleepiness or less alert than usual
- increased irritability
- high-pitched cry
- poor feeding
- projectile vomiting
- For older children
- complaints of severe headaches
- nausea and vomiting
- changes in personality or behavior
- changes in speech
- problems walking
- increased movement in the arms or legs (spasticity)