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What is sepsis and what are the symptoms?

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body overreacts to an infection and begins to attack its own tissues and organs.

When diagnosed, sepsis is considered a medical emergency, but it can be difficult for doctors to detect because in adults it may initially feel like the flu, a respiratory infection, or gastroenteritis.

But its severity is also often overlooked in children, as the symptoms are attributed to other conditions. These early symptoms include fever, chills and chills, rapid heartbeat, and rapid breathing.

Symptoms of sepsis or septic shock include feeling dizzy or faint, nausea and vomiting, confusion or disorientation, diarrhea, and cold, clammy, pale, or mottled skin.

Any child who breathes very quickly, has a seizure or looks mottled, bluish, or pale, or has a rash that does not go away when pressed, may have sepsis.

Possible signs in children under five include not feeding, vomiting repeatedly, or not urinating or wetting a diaper for 12 hours.

Sepsis: People with chronic illnesses or learning disabilities are more likely to die from infection, scientists warn

NHS data showed that people with certain conditions and those from poor backgrounds are at higher risk of developing sepsis and are also more likely to die within a month.