Spotting the symptoms of meningitis early could save your child’s life. Here’s what to look out for
Meningitis and scepticaemia can affect any baby and there is an increased risk for newborns, as their immune systems are not fully developed. It's therefore vital that parents are aware of the symptoms to ensure that they are not mistaken for flu.
These symptoms appear in any order over one to two days or a matter of hours. And there may be other symptoms. If you suspect meningitis, seek urgent medical assistance immediately.
If you suspect meningitis, be prepared to insist on urgent medical attention. Take your child to the emergency department of the nearest hospital or dial 999 for an ambulance.
Dr Miriam Stoppard
Should your baby have a rash, use the tumbler test to check for septicaemia:
Treatment depends on the severity, speed of detection and your baby's constitution. Some can be treated in hospital with strong antibiotics and other children ill go straight to the critical stage and need intensive care and ventilation. Knowing the symptoms and getting your child to a doctor as soon as possible are critical to his treatment.
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