Neonatal meningitis occurs in the first two months of life. And can be caused by a variety of different organisms including Streptococcal B, E.coli and Listeria.

It is a rare disease, but if not treated immediately babies can die or be left with serious after effects including, disability or limb loss.

A lumbar puncture is usually needed to determine whether the infant has the disease.


  • Fever (could have cold hands and feet)
  • Not being able to feed
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Dislikes being handled
  • Difficulty breathing/grunting
  • Pale/blotchy skin
  • High pitched cry or moaning
  • Bulging soft spot on head (fontanelle)
  • Arched back
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Dry nappy/diaper
  • Blotchy pale skin
  • Red or purple spots – DO NOT WAIT FOR THE RASH TO OCCUR

More information

If you would like more information on this you can download our brochures and pamphlets, call us Monday-Friday on 1800 250 223 or email us at info@meningitis.org.au