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New sepsis awareness campaign targeting parents of children aged 0–4 launched

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has today launched a new sepsis awareness campaign, supported by UK Sepsis Trust, to raise awareness of the key symptoms of sepsis (blood poisoning) amongst parents of children aged 0–4.

If your child is unwell with a bug or infection, is rapidly getting worse and you are worried that their illness seems different to any previous illness, it could be sepsis. Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection.

Acting quickly could save a child’s life. The campaign encourages parents of children aged 0–4 to go to A&E immediately or call 999 if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • 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

Use this image leaflet (540 KB) to check your child’s symptoms and find out what to do next.

For more information visit nhs.uk/sepsis or sepsistrust.org