7 Symptoms of Meningitis That Every Parent Should Know About (8 Pics)

Meningitis is an infectious disease and it is connected with the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Every patient is affected differently, however, symptoms are very similar.

Children are maybe most affectable by this disease and this is why we decided to make a short list of the most common symptoms of meningitis. We think that this will help parents to easily detect meningitis and take their children to their doctor.

Severe Headache

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These headaches are not strong – their intensity is unbearable. The interesting thing is that this kind of pain usually goes down to patients neck, but because of the intensity of that headache, the patient can’t even pay attention to that other pain.

The very important sign of meningitis in newborn babies is a bulging fontanel.

Sudden Fever

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With meningitis, fevers start suddenly. The child will start shivering and it will constantly feel like it is freezing. The task to lower the temperature is often “mission impossible”. However, because this symptom is just another symptom that could be connected to hundreds of other diseases and conditions, you should keep your eye on other symptoms too.

Double Vision

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Patient that has meningitis cannot focus his eyesight. That is why his/ her vision will become doubled or blurred.

Stomachaches, vomiting, and nausea

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Patients with this kind of problems don’t feel any hunger. And how can they? They are constantly feeling sick like they are about to vomit. They also feel nausea and stomachaches.

Sensitivity To Bright Light

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Persons that are affected by meningitis often have a fear of bright light. It actually makes the things worse because it triggers nausea and headaches that quickly becomes more intense.

Inability to Unbend Legs

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The child will position itself to a very peculiar position. It will bend its knees and tilt the head backward. It will be difficult to push the head forward, and even if you manage to do that, his legs will immediately bend at his knees. That phenomenon is called the Brudzinski neck sign.

This sign appears with meningitis, and you will notice that your kid can’t completely extend its leg if it is lifted at 90°.

Skin Rashes That You Can’t Get Rid Of

This is a possibility with meningitis and not a guaranteed symptom. However, this simple test will help you determine if you are having a simple rash or a rash that is connected with meningitis.

You only need to take a glass and apply it to the rash. Press it firmly against your skin until it goes totally pale. If those spots on your skin become white the person doesn’t have meningitis. However, if that rash stays the same, then you should immediately go see your doctor.

What Should You Do?

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This is very dangerous disease and not something you can take for granted. If you notice these symptoms, you should immediately call an ambulance. If you notice these symptoms, let the sick person rest, and provide some silence and dim the lights. The only thing you have to do next is to inform the doctors about all the symptoms you have noticed.

You need to know that meningitis patients have to be hospitalized.