Meningitis is an extremely serious infection that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It is particularly concerning because it can develop incredibly fast. There are two types of meningitis. The most common is viral meningitis, which is caused by a viral infection.
Bacterial meningitis is rarer and is caused by a bacterial infection. Bacterial meningitis can cause blood poisoning - which may show up as a rash of tiny red pinpricks that develop into purple blotches. If this rash fails the ‘glass test' (it does not fade when you roll a glass firmly over the affected area), call 999 immediately.
But a rash is not the only sign of meningitis; so if your child has any other Meningitis Symptoms seek medical assistance immediately.
For further information about children's health issues or any symptoms they may be suffering from please visit your local pharmacy to see how they can help.
| See More: Meningitis Symptoms & Advice |
| More info: Children's Health infographic |
| More info: First Aid Kit for Toddlers |