Sepsis: Children

Department of Health written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Heidi Alexander Heidi Alexander Shadow Secretary of State for Health

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.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

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.

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