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.