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Knowing the symptoms of sepsis and acting quickly could save a child’s life

Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection. Anyone can get sepsis but young children aged 0-4 are particularly at risk. The UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) estimates that the condition causes 37,000 deaths each year but around 10,000 could be avoided through prevention or early diagnosis and treatment. As part of a national awareness campaign, Melissa Mead, who lost her son William to sepsis at just 12-months old, explains the key signs.

If your child has any of these symptoms call 999 or take your child to A&E immediately:

  • 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

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