Do you know how to spot symptoms of Meningitis?

Do you know how to spot symptoms of Meningitis?
Posted 09th November 2018

A child becoming seriously ill with Meningitis is one of the most terrifying things a parent can go through, it is absolutely crucial to spot symptoms early. The longer Meningitis goes undetected the worse the outcome, left untreated it can kill so ensure you know what to look out for.

  • A rash that doesn’t fade when a glass is pressed on it is a big one to watch for although the rash doesn’t always appear so don’t wait if they have other symptoms, it’s a symptom of blood poisoning. The rash can be harder to spot on darker skin so check lighter areas such as the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, the tummy, inside the eyelids and the roof of the mouth.
  • Cold hands and feet.
  • A temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above.
  • A headache.
  • Feeling and being sick.
  • Irritability and lack of energy.
  • Breathing quickly.
  • Aching muscles and joints.
  • Confusion
  • A stiff neck.
  • Pale mottled skin.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Seizures (fits)
  • Dislike of bright lights.

Babies may also get the following symptoms:

  • Have an unusually high pitched cry.
  • Refuse feeds.
  • Have a stiff body.
  • Be agitated and not want to be picked up.
  • Be floppy or unresponsive.
  • Have a bulging soft spot on the top of their head (Fontanelle).

Some symptoms may not appear at all, if you or someone you love has any of these symptoms and you have concerns then seek medical advice immediately, Meningitis can be fatal and spotting it quickly really can be the difference between life and death.

Book a First Aid course with us today and make sure you are aware of the many things that can affect you or a loved one, be prepared.

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