Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition, however it can be easily treated if caught early.
Symptoms of sepsis will present differently between adults and children. The information below is to help you identify the symptoms.
How do I spot SEPSIS?
Sepsis could occur as the result of any infection. There is no one sign for sepsis.
Sepsis is a serious condition that can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection.
Seek medical help urgently if you develop any of the following:
Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine (in a day)
It feels like you’re going to die
Skin mottled or discoloured
Sepsis in Children
If your child is unwell with either a fever or very low temperature (or has had a fever in the last 24 hours), just ask: could it be sepsis?
Any child who:
– Is breathing very fast
– Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion
– Looks mottled, bluish, or pale
– Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
– Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
– Feels abnormally cold to touch
Might have sepsis. Call 999 and just ask: could it be sepsis?
Any child under 5 who:
– Is not feeding
– Is vomiting repeatedly
– Hasn’t had a wee or wet nappy for 12 hours
Might have sepsis. If you’re worried they’re deteriorating call 111 or see your GP.