Sepsis can happen to any child, but is more likely to happen to children who:
have an infection or open wound
are in the hospital
had recent surgery
have a weakened immune system
Sepsis can be difficult to recognize because it can present in many different ways. Symptoms can look like other common illnesses and may include:
Fever of 101.5 or higher
Low blood pressure
Fast heart rate
Short of breath or troubled breathing
Irritable or confused
Vomiting or diarrhea
Less interest in playing or feeding
Getting sicker fast
Early diagnosis and treatment is critical. Every hour can matter.
ACT if you’re concerned that your child might have sepsis.
“SEPSIS IN CHILDREN
needs quick action and families are often the first to notice their child doesn’t seem right. The early symptoms may not look like an emergency, but if the family is concerned, they should trust that feeling and call right away. It is never a bother.”
—Matthew Niedner, MD
Children’s of Alabama is part of a national effort supported by The Children’s Hospital Association to save children’s lives through better prevention, detection and treatment of Sepsis. This handout was co-designed by doctors, nurses and families to support you in providing the best care for your child. Used with permission of Children's Hospital Association. Please contact your primary care physician if you have questions or concerns regarding sepsis. For all medical emergencies, please call 911.