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First aid for babies and children:
meningitis

Watch this video, in which a child is treated for meningitis. The information below the video gives you the key steps to help a baby or child who has meningitis.

 

The baby or child may have flu-like symptoms, a headache and a high temperature. They may also complain of a stiff neck and be sensitive to light. At a later stage, a rash may form (that does not disappear when a glass is pressed against it).

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Other symptoms include: cold hands and feet, joint pain, drowsiness and vomiting. A baby or child with meningitis can have one or more symptoms, and some symptoms occur later on as the infection develops.

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If you observe any of these symptoms, call 999.

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A baby or child with meningitis can deteriorate very quickly. It is potentially very serious and needs immediate attention.  Do not wait for all the symptoms to occur.

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Give them constant reassurance while waiting for the ambulance.

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If they have a fever, you can give them cold drinks to cool them down.

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