Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection, where the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting of a series of reactions that can lead to organ failure, and in some cases, death.
The number of people developing sepsis is increasing. The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that there are more than 120,000 cases of sepsis and around 37,000 deaths each year in England.
Anyone can get sepsis, but younger children aged 0-4 are a particular at risk group. Parents need to be aware of the signs and symptoms to look for as by acting fast – it could be life-saving.
If you have a child that has any of the following symptoms, immediate action should be taken:
- Looks mottled, bluish or pale
- Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
- Feels abnormally cold to touch
- Is breathing very fast
- Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
- Has a fit or convulsion
If a child has any of these symptoms, do not be afraid to go to your nearest A&E immediate or call 999.