The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 427–431 | Cite as

A prospective study of bacterial infections in the newborn

  • A. R. Nellian
  • Panna Choudhury
  • S. Srinivasan
  • P. Nalini
  • Ramesh K. Puri
Original Articles


Neonatal bacterial infections were identified in 1675 consecutive liveborns in Pondicherry. Babies weighing less than 2000 gm at birth had higher incidence of major infections as compared to higher birth weight babies. Minor infections like pyoderma and conjunctivitis occurred with equal frequency in both the weight groups. Commonest organism isolated from neonates with minor infection wasStaphylococcus pyogenes. In cases of septicemia predominant organisms isolated wereKlebsiella, Salmonella, E. coli andPseudomonas aerugenosa, in descending order of frequency. Antibiotic sensitivity pattern of all the organisms showed high sensitivity to gentamycin (94.2%), chloramphenicol (70.3%) and kanamycin (67.3%) and poor sensitivity to streptomycin, tetracycline, ampicillin and penicillin.

Key words

Newborn bacterial infections major & minor 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. R. Nellian
    • 1
  • Panna Choudhury
    • 1
  • S. Srinivasan
    • 1
  • P. Nalini
    • 1
  • Ramesh K. Puri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsJawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and ResearchPondicherry

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