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New sepsis awareness campaign targeting parents of children aged 0-4 launched

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has today launched a new sepsis awareness campaign, supported by UK Sepsis Trust, to raise awareness of the key symptoms of sepsis (blood poisoning) amongst parents of children aged 0-4.

If your child is unwell with a bug or infection, is rapidly getting worse and you are worried that their illness seems different to any previous illness, it could be sepsis.  Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection.

Acting quickly could save a child’s life. The campaign encourages parents of children aged 0-4 to go to A&E immediately or call 999 if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • 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

Use this leaflet to check your child’s symptoms and find out what to do next.

For more information visit nhs.uk/sepsis or sepsistrust.org