Activate ReciteMe accessibility assistance Print this page

Meningitis

Meningitis is an infection that can affect anybody. It is more common in babies, children, teenagers and young adults. Meningitis can be very serious if it is not treated quickly so it is important to recognise the signs and symptoms.

The following symptoms may be signs of meningitis. Remember that your child may not have all of these at the same time. These symptoms can appear in any order, and some may not appear at all:   

  • Stiff neck
  • Bothered by light
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Confusion
  • Extra sleepy
  • Shaking
  • High temperature (fever) you can't control
  • Unusually cold hands and feet
  • Rash that doesn't fade when you press a glass against it.

Some of these symptoms can be signs of other more minor illnesses too. If you are worried, it's important to get help from a health professional straight away. If your child has meningitis, the symptoms can get worse quickly.

Meningitis and other infections can also lead to a very serious complication called sepsis, so it's important you also know the symptoms of this too: *Click Here*

In babies, meningitis can also cause these symptoms:

  • Refusing feeds
  • Becoming irritable and not wanting to be picked up
  • Bulging soft spot on their head (fontanelle)
  • Becoming floppy or unresponsive
  • Crying which is unusual for them – may be very high pitched
    Stiff body.

 

Things You Can Do to Help

Make sure your child's vaccinations are up to date. This helps to protect them against the main types of meningitis. For more information:  *Click Here* 

Know the signs and symptoms of meningitis and sepsis. Seek help immediately if you are worried about your child. 

Who Can Help?

If you are not sure whether your child is seriously unwell, call 111 or your GP for advice

Remember that you know your child best: if you think your child is seriously unwell and may have meningitis, do not wait for a rash to appear.

Call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest A&E department.

Meningitis can develop quickly. Even if your child has been seen by a health professional and sent home, keep an eye on them. If you are worried they are getting worse or seem sicker than you would expect, act quickly. Speak to a health professional and ask, "Could this be meningitis?".

Other Useful Pages

Log In / Create an account

  • 👀Spotting Serious Illness in Children👀. For families it can be tricky to know when their child needs medical care,… https://t.co/0JPDOGYu1P NorfolkCYP / 25 June 2021
  • Stop. Look. Listen. Think. Find out more about rail safety here: https://t.co/3eH4sRAk6t #J1NSS #J1NRS… https://t.co/8ON0804txj NorfolkCYP / 25 June 2021
  • Rail safety is so important! Find out more about rail safety here: https://t.co/3eH4sRAk6t #J1NSS #J1NRS… https://t.co/eIs6kpHhj1 NorfolkCYP / 24 June 2021
  • 👉Stay away from the edge of the platform.👈 Some trains travel at speed through stations without stopping and create… https://t.co/BGxnTEIy4Z NorfolkCYP / 23 June 2021
  • Now that we are all out and about more, you may be travelling by train with your children. Make sure you keep them… https://t.co/wbsTOenDHO NorfolkCYP / 23 June 2021
  • It's #NationalBreastFeedingWeek! We are here to support you on your breastfeeding journey! You can call us on 0300… https://t.co/BSvLfNwoH9 NorfolkCYP / 23 June 2021
  • Take a look at our parent webinar page! All the webinars are FREE and cover topics such as school, anxiety and tran… https://t.co/ehtOkrueDC NorfolkCYP / 23 June 2021
  • Trains approach a lot faster than you think, never play on a train line or level crossing. Find out more here:… https://t.co/pNNZqKJLaL NorfolkCYP / 22 June 2021
  • @NetworkRailAng NorfolkCYP / 22 June 2021
  • This week is #RailSafetyWeek! We have teamed up with @networkrail and will be sharing some top tips to keep you and… https://t.co/pLHxeVgk6y NorfolkCYP / 22 June 2021

Our Partners

Close the mobile menu