I’m taking a bit of a blog break, you might have noticed. No reason other than I am just mad busy at the moment. Littlebit’s 2nd birthday is fast approaching and we’re having a bit of a sort out and tidy up around the house in preparation, plus it’s annual accounts and tax return time. So, like I said, mad busy!
However, I just came across this video and I didn’t want it to pass you all by.
Meningitis is one of those terrifyingly devastating illnesses. It is an inflammation of the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The blood poisoning form of the disease is called septicaemia.
It can affect anyone, however most cases occur in children under 5 years, with under 1′s being most at risk.
It can progress at a shocking speed and kill within hours. Symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all.
The first symptoms, just like many illnesses, are usually:
- feeling generally unwell
More specific symptoms can include:
- joint pain
- cold hands and feet
- rash that doesn’t disappear under pressure (the well known tumbler test)
- stiff neck
- dislike of bright lights
Waiting for a rash to develop can be too late, it is one of the last symptoms to develop and sometimes doesn’t present at all. If in doubt seek medical attention immediately.
TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!