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Symptoms

HOW TO RECOGNISE MENINGITIS

Meningitis is difficult to diagnose at first because the symptoms are similar to those of Flu. Recognising the symptoms early could mean the difference between life and death. Someone with Meningitis will become very ill. The illness may progress over one or two days but can develop very quickly and sometimes in just a few hours the patient will become seriously ill.

THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS - BABIES
       

FEVER WHICH CAN BE ACCOMPANIED BY COLD HANDS AND FEET

REFUSING FEEDS OR VOMITING

HIGH PITCHED MOANING CRY OR WHIMPERING

DISLIKE OF BEING HANDLED, FRETFUL

       
       

NECK RETRACTION WITH ARCHING OF BACK

BLANK & STARING EXPRESSION

CHILD IS DIFFICULT TO WAKE, LETHARGIC

PALE BLOTCHY EXPRESSION

       

 

THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS - OLDER
       

VOMITING

HIGH TEMPERATURE
/ FEVER

VIOLENT OR SEVERE HEADACHE

NECK STIFFNESS

       
       

DISLIKE OF BRIGHT LIGHTS

DROWSINESS LETHARGY

JOINT PAINS

FITTING

       

 

THE GLASS TEST
IF A GLASS IS PRESSED FIRMLY AGAINST A SUSPECT SEPTICAEMIA RASH AND THE RASH DOES NOT DISAPPEAR BUT REMAINS VISIBLE THROUGH THE GLASS, SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE IMMEDIATELY


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