The most common after-effects include:
- Hearing loss or deafness
- Sight problems or blindness
- Cerebral palsy
- Learning difficulties
- Behavioural changes
Septicaemia can cause damage to large areas of the skin and underlying tissues, and the resulting scarring may require skin grafting. In severe cases septicaemia can result in amputation of fingers, toes or limbs.
Recovery and young children
Regardless of the outcome a full recovery may take weeks or even months. The impact of the disease can be huge, often changing lives forever.
Physical after-effects are often accompanied by psychological and emotional challenges that can result from the illness itself, or as a consequence of the hospital stay. Behavioural changes can also occur, including reverting to more babyish behaviour and temper tantrums.
Caring for a child (and their family) who has been seriously ill can be a challenging task for everyone concerned, and reintroducing a child into a nursery will need a great deal of patience, understanding and support.
What can Meningitis Now do to help?
Our range of services help people across the UK to rebuild their lives after meningitis. If you have a child that you are concerned about get in touch with our helpline on 0808 80 10 388 to find out more.
If you have a child in your care that has had meningitis you can order a copy of My Journal and Your Guide – recovering from childhood meningitis and septicaemia. These documents have been produced to help families following hospital discharge.