Meningitis complications can be severe. The longer you or your child has the disease without treatment, the greater the risk of seizures and permanent neurological damage, including:
- Hearing loss
- Memory difficulty
- Learning disabilities
- Brain damage
- Gait problems
- Kidney failure
With prompt treatment, even patients with severe meningitis can have good recovery. That means deli meats, cheeses, and deli products which are refrigerated and served cold. These can host listeria bacteria as it can live at the refrigerated temps. Turns out pregnant woman should not eat deli meats. Babies immune systems are unable to fight off listeria meningitis if it occurs.
The food would need to be heated all the way through and literally steaming hot to kill off the bacteria. So cold cuts like ham, turkey, salami, and bologna, and even hot dogs, are unsafe for pregnant women.
If they didn’t treat Ezra in time or didn’t diagnose the meningitis? According to Lucinda, she would have lost the baby. She now wants to get the word out there so that other pregnant women don’t consume this kind of food as she had.
This is definitely something that all parents should be aware of. Share this with everyone you can so that word can get out and awareness can be spread.