Awareness Post: Protect your child from Meningitis

Meningitis – A Deadly Disease of the Brain

Let’s Raise Awareness

Hello to all my lovely readers. I know most of you must be wondering what’s this weird term ‘Meningitis‘. Well, in very simple words, it’s an infection of the brain which can result in the death of a person (any age group) within a few hours. I was not aware of this infection until lately when Nemit’s pediatrician threw some light on this horrifying disease. And today I am writing this post to spread awareness and share my understanding of this fatal disease with other parents.

Being a parent is a huge responsibility and we want to do the best for our kids. However, sometimes lack of awareness can result in devastating consequences.

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Last month when we visited Nemit’s pediatrician for vaccination, my eyes caught a term ‘meningococcal‘ on the chart. It was mentioned that this vaccine was recommended for high-risk groups. And like any other panicky parent, I asked the doctor what that means. It was then when she explained ‘Meningitis’. After returning back home, I did some research on the internet to understand it better. I was shocked to read some facts about it.

Meningitis affects more than 2.8 million people globally each year. Babies, toddlers, and young children under the age of 5 are the most at-risk group for meningitis, with over 50% of all cases occurring in this age group.

Nemit’s pediatrician also told us about the different types of Meningitis but stressed most on Bacterial Meningitis. This is the most serious and fatal form of infection. If not diagnosed and treated on time, can cause death within a few hours in young children.

Babies and toddlers are at high risk because their immune system is not fully developed. Hence, they cannot fight infection.

Do you know, the germs that cause Meningitis reside in people’s nose, throat, and intestines? But the infection can only occur if they pass on to the bloodstream and reach the layer which covers the brain and the spinal cord. It was mentioned in one article that babies and young children can get it from an infected person by,

  • kissing and touching
  • coughing and sneezing
  • or sharing their personal items

Hence, it’s important to understand the early signs and symptoms if we want to protect our kids against this fatal disease. The first symptoms are usually high fever and vomiting. However, the early symptoms can appear similar to flu and hence often get missed. I always say when it’s about babies, we should never take chances. So, trust your instincts, and if you see the child is getting sick, fast and worse, get medical help immediately.

You may also want to read Breath Holding Spells in Children!

One of the most effective ways to prevent your child from contracting Bacterial Meningitis is to get your child vaccinated.

Doctor asked me a question which I want to ask every parent who is reading this post. Did your child get a vaccine against Meningitis? (if you are following the immunization schedule)

Well, I am sure not many will answer a ‘Yes’ to this question. Just because we lack awareness.

The vaccine to prevent Meningitis is available and the babies can be vaccinated against Meningococcal Bacteria, 9 months onward.

The WHO estimates that each year, over 1 million children die of diseases that could be prevented by a vaccine.

It’s really important for parents to understand the causes of meningitis and how it spreads. And, also the importance of getting their child vaccinated to protect them from this deadly disease.

Thanks for reading, I hope this post helps in raising awareness about this fatal disease. Please share this post as much as possible.



Reference: –

https://www.meningitisnow.org/
https://www.healthline.com/
https://www.cdc.gov/
http://www.endmeningitis.com/
https://www.healthline.com/
http://www.who.int/
http://www.comomeningitis.org/


Disclaimer: – The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views solely of the blogger. This post is a part of public awareness initiative on meningococcal meningitis. One should consult their healthcare provider for any health-related information.
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14 Comments

  1. Anshika August 9, 2018 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Meningitis is basically inflammation in meninges.

  2. Gurjeet Chhabra August 9, 2018 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I do not know much about Meningitis but it is shocking and scaring. Vaccination can protect baby from this deadly disease. I surely ask my do my doctor for vaccination

    keep up good work
    Gurjeet Chhabra

    http://www.prismaroundgurjeet.com

  3. Sayeri August 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Meningitis is life-threatening. Thanks for sharing all the details. It will help to create more awareness. We have vaccinated our son already

  4. Siddhi August 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    This post has sure helped me become informed Abt such a fatal disease. Getting it checked with my paed Abt this.

  5. Princy August 9, 2018 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    that’s an amazing and informative post. although I had heard about it, so much information I never had

  6. Neha August 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you for an informative post. Knowing how it spreads and ensuring that child is vaccinated as per the chart is the only way to protect our child.

  7. Mrinal Kiran August 9, 2018 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Oh my god! I had heard the term meningitis! But had no idea what it really was! This is a really dangerous infection and everyone should be aware about this

  8. Akanksha August 9, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    I had no clue about this deadly bacteria . This is a fatal disease and thanks for sharing the symptoms and all the info related to the disease .

  9. Ashh August 9, 2018 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks for raising awareness about this disease . I had no idea about it and some of the symptoms are quite normal so it can easily be missed. I will also take flu seriously.

  10. Rohini James August 9, 2018 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Glad to see awareness being raised about Meningitis as it takes away so many lives every year due to no knowledge about its seriousness.

  11. Papri Ganguly August 10, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

    I am not aware of Meningitis. This article should be read by all parents. Thanks for such insightful post.

  12. Dr Bushra August 10, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    No doubt Meningitis will be worst if not treated on time. That’s very informative post every parent should know

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      Neha Sharma August 12, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Thanks

  13. Tina August 14, 2018 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    This is quite an informative post for all parents. Protecting your child is your duty and being aware about diseases and cures helps in the long run.

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