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Childhood Illnesses

Sepsis

Sepsis is a rare, but very serious complication from infection. If your child is ill with an infection, keep an eye on them.

Go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child has any of these 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.

Spotting Sepsis in Under 5's


Who can Help?

If you are not sure whether your child is seriously unwell, call 111 or your GP for advice. Remember you know your child best - if you think they are seriously unwell and may have sepsis, act fast.

Call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest A&E department.

Sepsis can develop quickly. Even if your child has been seen by a health professional and sent home, keep an eye on them. If you are worried they are getting worse or seem sicker than you would expect, act quickly. Speak to a health professional and ask, "Could this sepsis?".

The Lullaby Trust - Baby Check App - This app has simple checks that you can do if your baby is ill and helps you think about whether they need to see a doctor or health professional.

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