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Sepsis: Children

Question for Department of Health

UIN 38045, tabled on 23 May 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is provided to new mothers on spotting the signs and symptoms of sepsis in young children and infants.

Answered on

26 May 2016

Health visitors are able to provide information to parents on the signs and symptoms of sepsis. Public Health England (PHE) is working with health visiting professional organisations to ensure health visitors have easy access to up to date advice to share with parents.

General information about the signs and symptoms of sepsis is available on the NHS Choices website at:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Blood-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx

NHS Choices also includes more specific information on the signs and symptoms of septicaemia caused by meningitis at:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Meningitis/Pages/Symptoms.aspx

We have also asked PHE to develop an awareness campaign for parents that focuses on the symptoms of serious infections, including meningitis, septicaemia, and sepsis.

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care
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