Pale, blotchy complexion

Pale, blotchy skin, with spots or a rash can be a symptom of meningitis. If your baby’s skin is dark it may be harder to check, so you will need to look at areas of skin that are lightest (e.g. eyelids and the palms of the hand). You can test if a rash is caused by meningococcal bacteria by pressing a glass against it. If you can still see the rash through the glass, there’s a high chance that it’s a meningococcal rash. Don’t wait for a rash to appear though as not everyone gets a rash. The baby’s condition may get worse very quickly so it is important to trust your instincts – if you suspect meningitis, seek medical help immediately.

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