Question: How do I know if my baby has meningitis?

How can you tell if a baby has meningitis?

Say that you are worried it could be meningitis or septicaemia.

  1. Tense or bulging soft spot.
  2. High temperature. ( …
  3. Very sleepy / staing / expression / too sleepy to wake up.
  4. Breathing fast / difficulty breathing.
  5. Extreme shivering.
  6. ‘Pin prick’ rash / marks or purple bruises anywhere on the body.
  7. Sometimes diarrhoea.

How does a baby get meningitis?

Your baby can get meningitis when bacteria, viruses, or a fungus infecting another part of their body travels in the bloodstream to their brain and spinal cord. Out of 1,000 live births, about 0.1 to 0.4 neonates (a baby less than 28 days old) get meningitis, estimates a 2017 review.

How do you check for meningitis?

The most reliable way to diagnose meningitis is with a lumbar puncture . During a lumbar puncture, a doctor inserts a long, thin needle in between two vertebrae in the lower back. This allows them to withdraw some cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is the fluid that cushions the brain and spinal cord.

What does a child with meningitis look like?

Meningitis and septicaemia – higher risk for young children.

The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.

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How long can you have meningitis without knowing?

The first symptoms of viral meningitis typically appear between 3 to 7 days after being exposed to the infection. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis appear and progress quickly – bacterial meningitis is the most dangerous type of meningitis, and the infection progresses the fastest.

What does the start of a meningitis rash look like?

In babies and adults, a meningitis rash may look like the following: tiny red, pink, brown, or purple pinprick marks (petechiae) on the skin. purple bruise-like marks. blotchy-appearing areas of skin.

Does meningitis go away by itself?

Viral meningitis will usually get better on its own and rarely causes any long-term problems. Most people with bacterial meningitis who are treated quickly will also make a full recovery, although some are left with serious long-term problems.

What is the glass test for meningitis?

The glass test is a really useful way of spotting suspected meningitis. If your child has a cluster of red or purple spots, press the side of a clear drinking glass firmly against the rash. In this example the spots are still visible through the glass. This is called a non-blanching rash – it does not fade.

Can my child still get meningitis if vaccinated?

Vaccinating babies at these times helps protect them when they are most at risk of developing MenB disease. The MenB vaccine will not protect against other bacteria and viruses that can cause meningitis and septicaemia.