Symptoms of meningitis in children

Meningitis in children can cause long-term harmful side effects, if not treated promptly.

What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is a medical term used to describe an infection or inflammation of the meninges. This membrane protects the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is usually caused by bacteria or viruses. Bacteria or virus is moving towards the meninges through the bloodstream. Not only adults who can contract the disease, meningitis can also occur in children.


Meningitis in children transmitted through the virus can be through an airborne from people who cough or sneeze near the baby or because they do not maintain cleanliness. 

While bacterial meningitis can be spread if the baby lives with / touch / kissed by patients with meningitis. In addition, your baby may contract meningitis for using cutlery, drinking or other personal items together with a person with meningitis.

Symptoms of meningitis in children

The early signs of meningitis in children caused by bacteria and viruses are often similar. In fact, there are some symptoms that are similar to other diseases, such as flu. Most symptoms of meningitis in children appear if the disease is severe.

Therefore, it is advisable to immediately take the baby to the emergency department if he shows signs of crying or moaning / not moaning as usual, spots or rash appearing on the skin, his breathing becomes rapid, fever, cold feet and hands, fussy or easy Angry, experiencing seizures, vomiting, drowsiness or difficulty getting up, unwilling to eat, lethargy, pale face, headache, feeling confused, neck suddenly stiff, and complain of light that disturbs the eye.

The danger of meningitis in children

Childhood meningitis caused by a virus usually will not cause complications that are as dangerous as bacterial meningitis. In fact, symptoms of viral meningitis may improve and disappear by itself within 10 days to two weeks. Children can even be treated by outpatient at home.

While meningitis in children caused by bacteria can lead to serious complications or severe and long term. For example, hearing loss (deafness), visual impairment (blindness), speech impairment, muscle problems, developmental delays, convulsions, learning disabilities, paralysis, decreased mental function, heart, kidney, and gland disorders, resulting in death .

Bacterial meningitis can rapidly develop within hours. And if it's too late, it can lead to death despite already using the latest medical treatments. But, in very rare cases, meningitis in children caused by bacteria can heal. That is if the baby immediately treated and dealt with quickly. The little one may even be able to fully recover after being treated or rehabilitated for several weeks.

If your baby is close to the person with meningitis and experiencing the symptoms as above, call your doctor immediately to get proper and quick treatment for meningitis in children can be cured.

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