Meningitis is an infection of the membranes that surround the
brain and the spinal cord. Anyone can get meningitis, but babies
and children under five are most at risk. It can be very serious.
Call 999 or 112 immediately if you suspect your baby has
meningitis. If it’s spotted early, most people make a full
If a child has meningitis, they may not have all the symptoms
and show all the signs at the same time, so if they are unwell,
seek help. But there are the key things to look for:
Later you may see a distinctive rash of red or purple spots that
doesn’t fade when pressed, but meningitis can still be present in
unwell children even if they do not develop a rash.
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