Tips On How To Prevent Meningitis

February 14, 2018

Getting sick is part of growing up, and as parents, we should always be cautious on how to prevent numerous kinds of diseases. There is a disease called meningitis, which kids are much more prone to catch. One symptom of meningitis is a high-grade fever. Initially, we think it is just a simple fever, hence we are not aware that there is potentially a much more serious underlying condition. A simple description of meningitis is the swelling of the meninges. It is a fluid-filled membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. Due to this, it greatly affects the brain and is fatal when not treated properly.

Bacteria and viruses are the most common cause of meningitis. Viruses are self-limiting, thus we only have to limit our exposure to the outside world, such as avoiding crowded places. Meningitis caused by bacteria can spread from one person to another through the sharing of utensils or close contact with another person who is infected with the bacteria. Bacterial meningitis can cause brain damage and eventually death. Infants and children are the most common target of this disease. Sharing some of the following tips on how to prevent it can save many of their lives in future.

Wash Your Hands

We always tell our kids “wash your hands properly”. Making it a habit to wash your hands vigorously can prevent the contamination of meningitis. Always use soap, because soap removes germs with running water when washing your hands. If running water is not available, you could always have antibacterial sanitizers or 60% alcohol. This is a must have item for all parents to stock up on, as a hand sanitizer is good to have ready at all times when water is not available.

Limit Yourself

It is difficult to protect one’s self in a big environment. In our day to day lives, we are exposed to different kinds of situations publicly and privately. You can get meningitis from a casual contact, as it is quite contagious. You can prevent meningitis by not sharing items, such as drinking glasses and using the same kitchen utensils. Stay away from someone who has a respiratory infection and always keep your surfaces clean.

It is better to be knowledgeable about meningitis and gather information about it. As mentioned earlier, the onset period of meningitis may initially start with a high-grade fever. Other symptoms of meningitis are similar to other diseases’ symptoms. You may even think it is just the simple flu that will just go away since it is viral. Health care providers sometimes take a while to rule out meningitis as the diagnosis due to these more general side effects. Lumbar puncture tests can determine if your child has meningitis. If you happen to experience medical negligence, Minton Morrill Solicitors have expertise with meningitis claims. They will help attend to your family’s needs to help you claim your compensation.

Maintain a Healthy Body

Balanced nutrition has been linked to a healthier body. Eating fruits and vegetables and watching your food choices goes far in helping to prevent and also treat disease. Taking vitamins supplements when necessary helps you boost your immune system as well. Exercise regularly and incorporate physical activity into your daily routine with biking, yoga, running, or simple brisk walking outdoors while inhaling a good dose of fresh air. These activities can also help reduce stress, which in itself will strengthen the immune system. Enhancing your immune system can play a big role in preventing meningitis.

Meningitis is a disease not to be neglected. Take on some of these early preventions, it will help you live a healthier life!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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