Young babies suffer more from minor illnesses such as coughs, colds and tummy upsets than older children and adults because their immune system is still immature.
While many illnesses won't require medical attention, it's important to remember that a baby’s condition can change quickly, so if your baby’s condition worsens or you are at all worried it is best to seek medical advice.
You should seek urgent medical help and asking for an ambulance if your baby:
The early signs of meningitis are similar to the symptoms of other childhood diseases, but your baby will usually become much worse faster.
If you think your baby has meningitis get medical help immediately from your doctor or take your baby to the nearest hospital emergency. Tell them you are worried it could be meningitis.
The symptoms of meningitis – which can appear in any order and your baby may have some or all of them – include:
Some health problems need to be checked out by your doctor straight away. Call the doctor if your baby:
If you are unsure whether your baby needs to see a doctor there are other health professionals you can talk to.
Call your local hospital. They will advise you whether your baby should see a doctor.
Your doctor will help with any concerns you have about your baby’s health and will tell you if your baby needs medical treatment.
Your local chemist. A chemist can advise on minor ailments and on the over-the-counter medicines that are suitable for your baby and will tell you whether your baby should see a doctor.