Your child might be 'feeling poorly' and not responding to you as usual
at first and wanting to sleep more than usual.
Does your child........
Feel hot. Have a temperature.
Have cold hands and feet.
Have a severe headache.
Throw up repeatedly.
Have stomach pain sometimes diarrhoea.
Seem confused, delirious.....'not like himself'.
Have difficulty walking or standing...pain in their joints.
Have a stiff neck.....When sitting down can they bend forwards to 'kiss their knee'.
Dislike looking at a bright light in the room or bright daylight.
Symptoms might appear in any order and may not include a rash at all.
Remember that 1 in 10 of us carry the bacteria in our noses and the back of our throats without usually causing any harm. It is passed on through close contact such as kissing.
In a few people the bacteria can get into the blood stream and cause meningitis and/or septicaemia.
We don't know who is at risk so know the symptoms...you could save a life. If you need further help and advice, contact the Meningitis Research Foundation helpline : 080 8800 3344 or visit www.meningitis.org.uk
Have pale or mottled skin, a rash that does not fade when a clear drinking glass is pressed
against it. On darker skin check paler areas on the body.