Meningitis

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 of the other symptoms listed below, seek medical assistance immediately.
 
Possible symptoms in babies and infants: 
  • High fever (possibly with cold hands and feet)
  • Vomiting and refusing feeds
  • High pitched moaning or whimpering cry
  • Blank staring expression
  • Pale, itchy complexion
  • Floppiness
  • Dislike of being handled
  • Fretfulness
  • Neck retraction with arching of back
  • Convulsions
  • Lethargic and difficult to wake
  • Tense or bulging fontanelle (soft spot on head) 

Bacterial meningitis is rarer and is caused by a bacterial infection - Alphega Pharmacy

Possible symptoms in older children:

  • Constant generalised headache
  • Confusion
  • High fever (possibly with cold hands and feet)
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain, sometimes with diarrhoea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Neck stiffness; moving the chin to the chest is painful at the back of the neck
  • Rash of red or purple spots or bruises that do not fade when you press a glass tumbler or finger on them. This may not be present in the early stages
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Sensitivity to bright lights, daylight or even the television
 
If you need further Mother & Baby information please visit our Pharmacy Locator to find your local Alphega Pharmacy and ask your pharmacist, for advice.
 
 
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