It’s common for babies to pick up coughs and colds but would you know if it was something more serious?
Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord caused by viruses or bacteria.
It can be hard to recognise the flu-like symptoms but the key is that your child’s symptoms get worse and worse. If he’s up and down, it’s unlikely to be meningitis. Early symptoms include:
Symptoms then develop more quickly to:
It’s vital to take your child to your doctor or A&E immediately. If it’s faster to get to your doctor, go straight to the surgery where your baby will be given penicillin. Don’t sit and wait in the waiting room, ask to see a doctor immediately.
For give yourself more confidence when it comes to recognising the signs of meningitis, watch this video with advice from the British Red Cross.