Sepsis in children: how to spot the signs and take immediate action

Children often present with atypical symptoms, delaying treatment

Children often present with atypical symptoms, resulting in delayed or inappropriate treatment

  • Sepsis is thought to cause the death of around 1,000 children a year, yet the signs are easy to miss
  • There is easily accessible advice on age-specific screening tools to ensure early escalation and prompt treatment
  • Listen to and trust parents, in the case of three-year-old William Reckless his mother was sure that his symptoms were more than a virus

Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction due to a dysregulated host response to infection. It is the cause of death of around 1,000 children a year in the UK, according to the


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