Meningitis Symptoms

Babies And Toddlers

This is the most difficult age group to assess. Here are some signs that may help:

Meningitis Symptoms Babies And Toddlers

  • Very irritable – especially when held
  • High pitch cry – which increases when held
  • Bulging fontanelle – soft spot on babies head
  • Floppy limbs
  • High or low temperature
  • Extreme shivering
  • Photophobia – dislike of bright lights
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Stiff or rigid neck
  • Fast shallow breathing
  • Lethargic – hard to wake
  • Seizures – uncontrollable jerky movements
  • Refusing feeds
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash – spots do not fade when a glass tumbler is pressed against it

Children And Adults

  • Headache
  • Photophobia – dislike of bright lights
  • Cool limbs
  • High temperature
  • Stiff neck
  • Delirium – become confused and disorientated
  • Lethargic – hard to wake
  • Seizures – uncontrollable jerky movements
  • Vomiting and / or diarrhoea
  • Skin rash – spots do not fade when a glass tumbler is pressed against it

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