As Mr Motivator's granddaughter dies from meningitis – the 8 signs to never ignore in kids

MENINGITIS means an inflammation of the lining of the brain and is normally caused by infection.

Fitness guru Mr Motivator today announced that his granddaughter has died after a five-day battle against the illness.

Hadassah, 12, died in the early hours of this morning from the infection which is most common in babies and children.

If it is not treated quickly, meningitis can cause life-threatening septicaemia (blood poisoning) and results in permanent damage to the brain or nerves.

The two forms of the disease are treated differently.

Around 3,200 people a year get bacterial meningitis. One in 10 die and many more are left with life-changing disabilities.

Meningitis is usually passed on from people who carry the virus or bacterial form in their throat or nose, but aren't ill themselves.

Symptoms of meningitis can come on suddenly so it's important that you know the signs to look out for.

The eight symptoms of meningitis can present in any order, the NHS states they are:

  1. a high temperature (fever)
  2. being sick
  3. a headache
  4. a rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it (but a rash will not always develop)
  5. a stiff neck
  6. a dislike of bright lights
  7. drowsiness or unresponsiveness
  8. seizures (fits)

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms then it's important you get medical attention right away.

Babies might have slightly different symptoms and in most cases, babies who get meningitis are more likely to see the condition develop fast.

If your baby has meningitis then it might display breathing difficulties or could be breathing fast.

They might also experience extreme shivering, diarrhoea, grunting sounds, vomiting, irritable, pain and cold hands and feet.

Meningitis can be treated and the treatment is different for bacterial or viral meningitis.

Bacterial meningitis, which is more dangerous, needs to be treated in hospital for at least a week.

Patients will receive antibiotics, fluids and oxygen.

If it is treated quickly then the prognosis is good, but patients can be left with serious long-term problems including blindness, deafness, loss of limb due to sepsis, problems with memory and concentration, recurrent seizures and problems with co-ordination and balance.

Ten per cent of cases result in death.

Viral infections are less serious and tend to get better on their own within 10 days with plenty of rest and pain killers, but you should always seek medical advice first.

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