10 Symptoms of Meningitis

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Symptom #3: Swollen Fontanel

A swelling of the soft space on the top of an infant’s head may be a sign of meningitis. Fontanelles are comprised of the soft membranous gaps that lie between the cranial bones of an infant. These allow for a baby’s brain to expand as it grows. The fontanel may just feel tight or the swelling may actually cause a bulge. Whichever signs you see on the baby’s head, it indicates an increase in intracranial pressure. There are several reasons why this may occur, and meningitis is one of them.

Immediate action is required even if there are no other symptoms. Also bear in mind that meningitis does not present with the same symptoms in every patient. The swelling on the head may be the only physical sign on infants.


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