Health Visiting


  • Meningitis
  • Urticaria or Hives
  • Chicken pox

Meningitis is not common but is a serious and contagious disease, which causes swelling around the brain. Early treatment is essential in order to enable your child to make a full recovery.


Signs of meningitis include:

  • Cold or flu
  • Clusters of red or purple spots (the glass test should be carried out). Look for spots which do not fade under pressure.


Other symptoms include:

  • A fever
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Drowsy and difficult to wake
  • Floppy and unresponsive
  • Rapid breathing or grunting
  • Vomiting and refusing feeds
  • Neck stiffness or a stiff neck
  • Skin that is pale, blotchy or turning blue
  • A high pitched cry


Seek medical advice immediately if any of the above symptoms are present

Your guide to breastfeeding
Your guide to maternal mental health