Sepsis is terrifying

I just read a heartbreaking story of a woman who lost her son to sepsis. Due to a series of errors (not on her part) by the time he arrived at hospital she was told that he was as ill as a child could be without being dead. 12 hours after arriving at his GP he died. As a mother it is really hard to read.

The scary thing is that 1,000 children die every year from Sepsis and 25,000 are affected by it.

Do you know the symptoms? I didn’t.

Here are the symptoms that should lead you to call an ambulance immediately:

  • skin looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • feels abnormally cold to touch
  • is breathing very fast
  • has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • has a fit or convulsion

I got the list from the NHS website, if you click on this link this is a much longer list of symptoms where you should seek urgent advice.

So what is Sepsis? I’ve copied this from the Sepsis Trust

Sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. Normally our immune system fights infection – but sometimes, for reasons we don’t yet understand, it attacks our body’s own organs and tissues. If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.

I know there are a million things to worry about as a mother and its hard to remember all the different symptoms of all the different conditions that could be a threat to your child. So I guess always call NHS Direct on 111 if you’re unsure (or 999 if your instinct tells you it’s an emergency).

Don’t let any thoughts of being a ‘paranoid mother’ or wasting people’s time enter your head. Just pick up the phone.

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