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Viral meningitis is a relatively mild, flu-like condition, but bacterial meningitis (and its linked condition, septicaemia) is a very serious, life-threatening condition.
Meningitis is an infection of the lining on the brain. In babies and toddlers, early symptoms of bacterial meningitis can include any or all of the following: headache, fever, vomiting, joint or muscle pain, cold hands and feet, shivering. They may have pale, mottled skin, refuse food, be breathing rapidly and have an unusual moaning cry. The condition worsens rapidly and the sufferer may become very sleepy, floppy and unresponsive. In some cases there may be a rash on the body, which remains visible when pressed with a glass.
The glass test: press the side of a clear drinking glass firmly against the rash so you can see if the rash fades and loses colour under pressure. If it doesn't change colour, contact your doctor immediately or seek other medical assistance.
If you suspect meningitis, you should always seek medical assistance immediately.
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