Worrying meningitis symptoms to look out for as Chloe Goodman’s newborn is rushed to hospital
Chloe Goodman was left “terrified” after having to rush her newborn son to hospital this week with suspected meningitis.
OK! exclusively reported that Chloe’s newborn son was taken to hospital after coming down with a rash all over his body.
"Yesterday afternoon Chloe's son came up in a rash all over his body," the insider said.
"He came up in a high temperature and she rushed him to hospital – he's got suspected meningitis.
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"He and Chloe had to stay in overnight last night and he's on a drip at the moment while they run tests. Chloe's had lots of complications during her pregnancy. She wanted everything to run smoothly and this is really worrying for her."
So what are the signs and symptoms to look out for when it comes to meningitis?
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.
Meningitis can affect anyone, but is more common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults.
According to the NHS, if the infection is left untreated it can become serious.
If not treated, meningitis can cause life-threatening blood poisoning (septicaemia) and ultimately result in damage to the brain or nerves.
Meningitis is spread through sneezing, coughing and kissing and is usually caught from people who carry the bacteria in their nose or throat but are not ill themselves.
It can also be caught from someone with meningitis, but this is less common.
Symptoms to look out for
If you or your child experience the below symptoms in any order, you should seek medical help.
- a high temperature (fever)
- being sick
- a rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it (but a rash will not always develop)
- stiff neck
- dislike of bright lights
- drowsiness or unresponsiveness
- seizures (fits)
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