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Meningitis survivors make a splash to raise awareness

A one year old girl from Bath who had to have her limbs amputated because of meningitis joined other survivors today to help raise awareness, and to support the charity which helped them through their darkest days.

It's been just eight months since Harmonie-Rose Allen underwent a major operation to remove her arms and legs. But her family say she continues to be an inspiration.

Victoria Davies reports:

What to look out for if you suspect your baby has meningitis

The NHS advises that every suspected case of meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency.

Babies and young children under five are most at risk of developing bacterial meningitis. Its symptoms usually begin suddenly and get worse rapidly.

A baby or young child with meningitis may:

  • have a high fever, with cold hands and feet
  • vomit and refuse to feed
  • feel agitated and not want to be picked up
  • become drowsy, floppy and unresponsive
  • grunt or breathe rapidly
  • have an unusual high-pitched or moaning cry
  • have pale, blotchy skin, and a red rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it
  • have a tense, bulging soft spot on their head (fontanelle)
  • have a stiff neck and dislike bright lights
  • have convulsions or seizures

More information can be found here.

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