Meningitis is the swelling of the membrane surrounding the brain. This is a very serious disease, but if it is diagnosed and treated soon enough, most children complete recovery.
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In recent years there has been much concern about meningitis in children. There are several types of meningitis, and can prevent some vaccinations.
Early symptoms of meningitis can be similar to a cold or flu (fever, vomiting, irritability and restlessness). However, children with meningitis can become seriously ill in hours, so make sure that you can recognize the signs.
Symptoms of Meningitis in Children can include:
Fever (temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above) vomits and denial of feeds
Cold hands and feet
Skin that changes yellow, poultry or blue color
Fast or unusual patterns of breathing
Irritability, especially when raised (this can be due to pain in the limb or muscle)
A loud knock, crying cry
Red or purple spots on the skin which can not be under pressure
Stiffness and negligence, or stiffness with jerky movements
Children can be relaxed, be less sensitive, can be empty or difficult to wake up
a harsh neck
A bulging footnote (soft spot on a child’s head)
Refuse to eat and drink
Not all children will develop all the above mentioned symptoms. If your child develops some of these symptoms specifically red or purple spots, then get immediate medical help.
If you can not get in touch with your doctor, or you are still worried about talking to them, then take your child to the emergency department of your nearest hospital.