Be meningitis aware

Could you spot the symptoms of meningitis?

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Children often have niggly symptoms, but could you tell these apart from the early warning signs of meningitis?

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If you’re not sure, focus on knowing the Red Flag symptoms, which all begin with a P.

These tend to occur five to eight hours before the better-known symptoms of stiff neck, dislike of bright lights and a rash that doesn’t fade when pressed.

The Red Flag symptoms are:

  • Pain in limbs
  • Perishing cold hands and feet
  • Pallor/abnormal colour

However, not all children will get all these symptoms and they can appear in any order. If you’re worried your child has the symptoms, seek medical help immediately.

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For more info on symptoms and the disease in general, you can call the Meningitis Research Foundation’s freefone 24-hour helpline on 0808 800 3344 or visit www.meningitis.org.

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