Symptoms of Meningitis you should be aware of
This is Meningitis Awareness Week and parents are again reminded to familiarise themselves with symptoms.
A blotchy rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it is a classic sign.
Other symptoms of meningitis include:
* a high temperature (fever) over 37.5C (99.5F);
* feeling and being sick;
* irritability and a lack of energy;
* a headache;
* aching muscles and joints;
* breathing quickly;
* cold hands and feet;
* pale, mottled skin;
* a stiff neck;
* and confusion, a dislike of bright lights, drowsiness and fits (seizures).
Babies may also refuse feeds, be agitated and not want to be picked up, have a bulging soft spot on their head (fontanelle), be floppy or unresponsive, have a high-pitched cry or stiff body.
Call the Meningitis Research Foundation helpline on 1800 41 3344 or log on to www.meningitis.org for more information.
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