Campaign launched to raise awareness of sepsis in young children

December 22 2016

PARENTS of young children have been warned to look out for signs of sepsis as a new campaign is launched to increase awareness of its seriousness.

PARENTS of young children have been warned to look out for signs of sepsis as a new campaign is launched to increase awareness of its seriousness.

The South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said children up to the age of four had an increased risk of developing the condition.

But acting quickly can save a child’s life.

The CCG’s director of nursing, Anne Morris, said: “Sepsis is triggered by an infection that causes the body’s immune system to go into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions that can lead to organ failure and, in some cases, death. 

“Education of parents of young children is vitally important to make sure they think about sepsis and act accordingly when children show any of the symptoms associated with the disease.

“Quick action will help to save lives and reduce ongoing problems associated with sepsis, which can be devastating for survivors and their families.”  

Sepsis is responsible for around 37,000 deaths in the UK each year but the UK Sepsis Trust has estimated that 10,000 of these could be prevented through early diagnosis and effective treatment.

Any parent or carer of a young child showing the symptoms of sepsis should go to their nearest hospital’s accident and emergency department immediately or call 999.

The signs of the condition can include the patient looking mottled, bluish or pale; feeling abnormally cold to touch; breathing rapidly; being lethargic or difficult to wake; having a fit or convulsion and having a rash that does not fade when pressed.

More information about sepsis can be obtained from the NHS and Sepsis Trust’s websites.