Tuesday 25 October 2016

Symptoms of Meningitis you should be aware of

Published 19/09/2016 | 02:30

Meningitis bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis)
Meningitis bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis)

This is Meningitis Awareness Week and parents are again reminded to familiarise themselves with symptoms.

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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.

Read more: ‘Meningitis took the life of my 18-year-old sister when her life was just beginning’- Irish family struck with meningitis five times

Call the Meningitis Research Foundation helpline on 1800 41 3344 or log on to www.meningitis.org for more information.

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