NiS is supported and advised by medical experts including GP
and TV doctor Dr Chris Steele, health journalist, medical
author and GP Dr Sarah Brewer, and consultant paediatrician
Dr Colin Michie.
Dr Sarah Brewer answers a number of commonly asked questions
Q: What is meningitis, how do I recognize the signs?
Meningitis is a viral or bacterial infection of the membranes lining
treatment of bacterial meningitis is essential to a full recovery.
If you are worried that a child or adult may have meningitis
seek urgent medical attention.
young baby with meningitis may refuse to feed, seem drowsy
and quiet or be unusually irritable. The baby may seem floppy
or jerky and may even have a fit. Sometimes the soft spot
on the skull - the fontanelle - may seem tense and bulge.
toddler with meningitis usually has a fever, vomiting and
a change in mood or personality. The child may become drowsy,
clingy, frightened or aggressive.
older children symptoms to watch for include fever, severe
headache; vomiting; drowsiness, dislike of light and stiff,
painful neck movements. A red blotchy rash may develop that
does not disappear when you press a glass against the skin.
to immunizations against Haemophilus and Meningococcal C,
meningitis is now less common, but it is still important to
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