Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is the reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs and tissues.
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition, however it can be easily treated if caught early.
Symptoms of sepsis will present differently between adults and children. The information below is to help you identify the symptoms.
Sepsis could occur as the result of any infection. There is no one sign for sepsis. It is a serious condition that can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection.
Seek medical help urgently if you develop any of the following:
If your child is unwell with either a fever or very low temperature (or has had a fever in the last 24 hours), just ask, could it be sepsis?
Call 999 if a child has the following symptoms:
Any child under 5 who might have sepsis if they:
If you’re worried they’re deteriorating call NHS 111, or see your GP.