Signs of Sepsis

LOOK OUT for Signs of Sepsis…

Sepsis, also known as Septicemia or blood poisoning, is potentially a life-threatening condition that is triggered by an infection. In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation, swelling and blood clotting. Worryingly, every year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of Sepsis resulting in 44,000 deaths which is more than bowel, breast and colon cancer combined.

In children, here are the signs to look for:

Early symptoms of Sepsis usually develop quickly and can include a high temperature, chills and shivering plus the child:

  1. Looks mottled, bluish or has very pale skin
  2. Feels abnormally cold to touch
  3. Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  4. Is breathing very fast
  5. Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion
  6. Is very lethargic or difficult to wake up


Signs to look out for in a child under the age of 5:

  1. Is not feeding
  2. Is vomiting repeatedly
  3. Hasn’t had a wee or wet nappy for 12 hours

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