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