Meningitis rash baby is one of the symptoms baby has meningitis. Meningitis itself is a term for the inflammation of meninges, the three protective membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord. Bacteria, viruses, fungal or any other microorganism infection is the main cause of the inflammation. However, in general meningitis has two types, meningitis due to bacterial infection, which can be a very serious condition and very rare and the other hand, meningitis that commonly occurs and relatively mild is the viral infection.
Meningitis due to bacterial infection is highly contagious and can be life threatening. It can affect people at any age including baby and can be dangerous within 24 hours of infection. There are three types of it including meningococcal, pneumococcal, and haemophilus influenzae type B or Hib. Baby with this type of meningitis may develop symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, fever and rash. This type of meningitis rash baby is begin with small cluster of tiny pinpricks and then develop into the affected of skin damage. The rash is purple in color and when you press it, the rash will not turn white. Since the disease is very rare, you might not notice the sign and symptoms. Baby needs to be examined thoroughly.
Meningitis due to viral infection is caused by enteroviruse, echovirus or cocksackievirus. Babies that develop this kind of disease might refuse to eat, tend to sleep more and become fussy. Younger babies might develop rigid or tender back and rashes too on entire body or only on arms or legs. The meningitis rash baby is identified as flat, red raised rash in certain places. The symptoms that can distinguish the two types of meningitis are that the viral infection meningitis is identified as small, pinpoint, spotty rash in bright red color found on the entire baby’s body.