Toddler's parents issue meningitis warning

The parents of a Northamptonshire toddler who died from meningitis are trying to raise awareness of the illness.

Three-year-old Jayden Nel died last Friday. Staff at the hospital said it was the worst case of meningitis they'd seen in 20 years.

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Meningitis - advice for parents

For more information see the Trust's website Credit: Meningitis Trust

The Meningitis Trust website has information on what to look out for if you think your child may have meningitis. Here are a few symptoms to watch for in babies and toddlers:

  • Fever

  • Cold hands and feet

  • Pale, blotchy skin

  • Spots/rash

  • Refusing food and vomitting

  • Unusual crying/moaning

  • Fretful, dislike being handled

  • Tense, bulging fontanelle

  • Neck stiffness

  • Dislike of bright light

Meningitis warning from toddler's parents

Jayden Nel, who died after contracting meningitis Credit: Family

The parents of a Northamptonshire toddler who died from meningitis are trying to raise awareness of the illness.

3-year-old Jayden Nel went to sleep last Thursday (December 6) as usual but woke up being sick. His family drove him to hospital where he died shortly after arriving.

3-year-old Jayden died shortly after arriving at hospital Credit: Family

Staff at the hospital said it was the worst case of meningitis they'd seen in 20 years.

The symptoms of meningitis vary but can include a headache, stiff neck and a dislike of bright light.

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