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Meningitis in infants - Signs and symptoms
Meningitis in infants - Signs and symptoms

Some common signs of meningitis in infants include tense or bulging soft spot, high temperature, your child could be very sleepy, breathing fast, extreme shivering and pin prick rashes on the body. The children may not able to communicate the exact situation, so, they should be given proper attention and treatment for best results. Some other symptoms in infants are jaundice, stiffness of the body and neck, extreme shivering with cold hands and feet, unusual cry, moaning, dislike bright lights, etc.

Signs and symptoms of meningitis
Signs and symptoms of meningitis

Common signs and symptoms of meningitis include sudden high fever, stiff neck, severe headache, nausea or vomiting, confusion or difficulty concentrating, seizures, sleepiness or difficulty in walking and sensitivity to light. Other uncommon symptoms of meningitis are abnormal skin color, cramps in stomach, rashes or pale-blotchy skin, muscle ache or joint pain, rapid breathing, etc. The symptoms are expected to develop in several hours or over a few days for both bacterial and viral meningitis.

Effect of meningitis
Effect of meningitis

Meningitis involves inflammation of the meninges due to infection by a microorganism such as bacteria, virus or fungi. The main causative agent is Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus). Swelling in the central nervous system affects the entire body and potentially causing long-term effects such as memory loss, lack of concentration, clumsiness, deafness, tinnitus, epilepsy, paralysis, speech problems, loss of vision, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, kidney failure, etc. 

Bacterial meningitis
Bacterial meningitis

Meningitis involves inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord. The swelling from meningitis triggers symptoms such as headache, fever and a stiff neck. They are caused by various causative agents such as bacteria, virus and fungi.

Symptoms of meningitis
Symptoms of meningitis

Meningitis involves infection in the brain, which affects various body functions. Your lungs, muscles, eyes, skin and other body parts are affected and various symptoms are observed.

Common signs of meningitis
Common signs of meningitis

There are various signs of meningitis that may occur in a patient. If you experience these signs consult your doctor immediately.

Meningitis - Human brain
Meningitis - Human brain

This image highlights various regions of the human brain and an image of meningococcal bacteria, causative agent of meningitis. Meninges of the central nervous system are divided into several layers such as the dura mater, arachnoid, and pia mater.