so…how can we tell when a very young infant has meningitis if the classical signs present late and the early symptoms are so vague?

they usually look toxic. that’s pretty much the main warning sign.

i had no idea what “toxic-looking” meant until i saw those two babies last night. one was flushed, lying still and shook once in a while. the other had such a weak cry that it broke my heart to hear it, and he was stiff when examined.

i’ll remember what meningitis looks like now. it’s hard to forget something like that.


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