Sepsis

Sepsis is a rare, but very serious complication from infection. If your child is ill with an infection, keep an eye on them.

Go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child has any of these symptoms:

  • looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • feels abnormally cold to touch
  • is breathing very fast
  • has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • has a fit or convulsion

 

What you can do

Become familiar with the symptoms of sepsis so you can spot it quickly.

 

 

 

Who can help?

If you are not sure whether your child is seriously unwell, call 111 or your GP for advice

Remember that you know your child best: if you think your child is seriously unwell and may have sepsis, act fast.

Call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest A&E department.

Sepsis can develop quickly. Even if your child has been seen by a health professional and sent home, keep an eye on them. If you are worried they are getting worse or seem sicker than you would expect, act quickly. Speak to a health professional and ask, "Could this sepsis?".

If you are not sure whether your child is seriously unwell, call 111 or your GP for advice.

Remember that you know your child best: if you think your child is seriously unwell and may have meningitis, do not wait for a rash to appear.

In an emergency, call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest A&E department.

Meningitis can develop quickly. Even if your child has been seen by a health professional and sent home, keep an eye on them. If you are worried they are getting worse or seem sicker than you would expect, act quickly. Speak to a health professional and ask, "Could this be meningitis?"

For non-urgent advice, you can text a Bedfordshire Community Services health visitor on Parentline, 07507 331456.

Links and additional information

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sepsis/

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