Sepsis: Babies and Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th April 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

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

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Public Health England (PHE) launched a sepsis campaign in partnership with the UK Sepsis Trust and the Department in December 2016. The campaign, which ran until April 2017, raised awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis amongst parents of young children and helped them know when to seek urgent medical help.

Following the campaign PHE has continued to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis with significant developments in activity including building sepsis messaging into the national Start4life Information Service for Parents email programme which reaches 430,000 parents of zero to five year olds; distribution of leaflets and posters; and the provision of a content-rich social media toolkit for partners to use on their own channels. In addition, PHE are working in partnership with Mumsnet, a leading digital platform for parents, to raise awareness via editorial and social media promotion.

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