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UK mum wants to warn other parents how severe the chicken pox infection can be for some children.

Charlotte Brown contacted us at Mouths of Mums hoping to help spread awareness to other parents.

“My son got chickenpox and contracted meningitis from it. It’s a very rare side effect but parents are unaware that it does happen and it is deadly. I’m lucky because my son will make a full recovery with no long term brain damage. Other children aren’t so lucky. There is very little information on this and I’m desperate to spread the word to prevent it happening to anyone else. If I can save one child’s life it would have been all worth it.”

Sharing on Facebook, Charlotte has posted…

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“This is my son, he was so ill. Help spread the word! Most kids fly through it like my youngest did 2 weeks before but on the rare occasion it can be deadly. The signs are losing consciousness, violently vomitting, shaking, raging temp that cant be lowered, confusion, disoriented, sensitive to light, painful joints, fitting, migraine type headache. Please share as the quicker you act the more chance they have. I’ve been told her will make a full recovery with no long term brain damage. Fight the Drs, don’t let them fob you off, they tried that and sent us home the first time. But I kept at them and eventually was taken serious. He was VERY lucky to only have it mild and we caught it in time, but it can happen and only takes a matter of hours. If your concerned as I was put your foot down and don’t let them say ‘its just chicken pox’ please get it investigated. If I wasn’t hot headed and stubborn I could of gone home and left it. I might not be saying he is recovering, I could be saying he is in a COMA or god forbid passed away.

Please share and let people know how dangerous this can be and in some cases is!

Thank you for reading, it doesn’t take much to just press that share button!.”

What is meningitis? via Meningitis.org

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. Viruses probably account for most cases of meningitis and are an important cause of admission to hospital. Symptoms of viral meningitis include headache, dislike of bright lights, neck stiffness, fever and nausea/vomiting. Individuals may also develop a rash or have muscle pain. People affected normally recover without medical treatment.

What causes viral meningitis?

Many different viruses can cause meningitis.

Most people are exposed to some of them during their life without developing meningitis.

The most common causes are:
Enteroviruses
Herpes viruses
Mumps and measles

Herpes viruses are a common cause of viral meningitis in adolescents and adults. Herpes viruses include the herpes simplex viruses (HSVs) and varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox and shingles.

Like Charlotte said, If she can save one child’s life it is worth a share.

Please share with your family and friends.

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  • So many illnesses to watch out for in our precious children, it’s concerning. Isn’t chickenpox covered by immunization?

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  • Knowing the signs is super important as is understanding how best to deal with stress in your life.

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  • We are lucky our children can now be vaccinated against chicken pox.

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  • Chicken pox is such a nasty illness and it can have life long effects on a child. One of mine ended up in hospital for over a month due to a infection from the chicken pox

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  • My Dad lost his sister to Meningitis when she was 4 years old.
    Whenever I or my brothers would get sick my Grandmother was always on the case and very watchful. Any change for the worse and she demanded we call the Doctor asap.

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  • Both my kids had chicken pox, it was before the vaccination. Luckily they survived with no lasting effects, just a couple of scars, thankfully

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  • Vaccinations for this are readily available. Such a shame to hear of kids contracting chicken pox – what a horrible side effect. Some kids can’t be vaccinated – for those that can, its important to do so – for both them and the sake of others.

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  • Another reason to get the chicken pox vaccination.
    I didn’t know that meningitis could be a side effect. Atrocious!!

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  • I had no idea about this side effect – and a very dangerous one at that. Thank you for this article.

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  • To think some people still hold ‘chicken pox parties’ to purposely infect theirs and others children is disgraceful. If only everyone vaccinated against these preventable illnesses

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  • Meningitis has always scared me, as you have so little time to catch it.

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