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.
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.
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.