Public Health England and the UK Sepsis Trust are renewing their calls for people to be vigilant for the signs of this potentially-fatal condition.
Although anyone can get it, young children up to four years old are at particular risk from sepsis.
If a child has any of these symptoms, you should take immediate action:
- Looks mottled, bluish or pale
- Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
- Feels abnormally cold to touch
- Is breathing very fast
- Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
- Has a fit or convulsion
Acting quickly can save a child’s life so if you spot any of these signs, go to A&E immediately or call 999.
The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that around 37,000 deaths each year are associated with the condition but around 10,000 could be avoided through prevention or early accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.