Saturday 16 December 2017

Symptoms of Meningitis you should be aware of

Meningitis bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis)
Meningitis bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis)
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

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.

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 for more information.

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