How to recognize meningitis? Signs of the child
Inflammation of the soft membranes of the dorsal, cephalicthe brain is meningitis. His etiology is very diverse - the nature of the disease can be bacterial, viral, allergic. The disease develops most often in children, especially those who have weakened immunity. Despite the fact that meningitis is a very serious disease that can cause extremely serious complications, in children it is usually very treatable and goes almost without consequences, of course, provided that the therapy was started in a timely manner.
Meningitis: signs of a child
As already noted, the disease usually from the very beginning has a very pronounced form. Its symptoms are quite specific, and therefore easily recognizable. The first sign of the disease can be called a sharp, sudden significant increase in temperature, its level can reach up to 40 degrees.
There are pains in the head. In addition, the child begins to worry chills - in young children there is a shiver, the elders just always freeze. It is also characteristic that high fever can not be brought down by any antipyretic drugs. Typical symptoms include the appearance of a hemorrhagic rash on the skin. Usually it occurs on the second day after the onset of inflammation. Based on these symptoms, you must suspect meningitis. Symptoms in the child will eventually expand, but do not wait for it - call an ambulance.
Types of meningitis
Children of younger age are more likely to overtake purulentmeningitis. Especially often they get sick in the first year of life. This type of disease develops mainly under the influence of bacterial infection, excites the ailment of meningococcus, haemophilus rod, pneumococci. Signs of purulent meningitis - fever, intense headache, rigidity of the muscles. Increases sensitivity to light, smells, sounds. Due to such a vivid symptomatology, problems with diagnosing the disease practically never arise.</ p>>