I al­most lost my two-week old son to this deadly con­di­tion

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But Jack was se­ri­ously ill caus­ing con­cern for mum Col­lette Mum Col­lette Car­son shares her story of her son Jack and urges par­ents to be vig­i­lant and make that call ask­ing “Is it Sep­sis?” She writes... We wel­comed our beau­ti­ful baby boy Jack into the world, a very healthy 8lb 1oz, and we all fell in love with him.

How­ever, when Jack was two weeks old things took a turn for the worse.

I woke up one morn­ing and knew some­thing wasn’t quite right.

Jack hadn’t wo­ken up for his usual feeds (he was breast­fed and fed ev­ery two hours on de­mand) I reached over his crib and touched him, he was burn­ing up. I lifted him to change his nappy but he was com­pletely dry, I no­ticed his tummy was swollen and when I touched it he cried.

I tried to get him to feed but he re­fused, he was rest­less and his tem­per­a­ture was re­ally high and I just knew some­thing was wrong so I called the health vis­i­tor. I ex­plained Jack’s symp­toms and lack of wet/dirty nap­pies and him not feed­ing and she said it was com­mon for ba­bies to have off days.

I asked if he could be con­sti­pated and she ex­plained that ba­bies don’t have the stom­ach mus­cles to be­come con­sti­pated and to run him a bath and mas­sage his tummy to see if it could be trapped wind and she would call back at 12pm.

I ran him a warm bath but as soon as I touched his tummy he screamed.

At 12pm she called back and Jack had got­ten worse, still no dirty/wet nap­pies and still not feed­ing so she said if I was re­ally con­cerned to con­tact the doc­tor or she would send a health vis­i­tor.

I de­cided to get a sec­ond opin­ion but I hadn’t even reg­is­tered Jack with a doc­tor so I phoned my own doc­tors and they were amaz­ing. When the doc­tor saw him I in­stantly knew some­thing was up. She ex­plained that be­cause of Jack’s young age and his tem­per­a­ture be­ing high he had to be seen at the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal, she said it was prob­a­bly noth­ing and not to worry but it was best to get him checked.

Jack un­der­went a lum­ber punc­ture – bloods, urine and stool sam­ples – I had to hold down my baby whilst they put a nee­dle in his spine. He was so brave! I was told this was nec­es­sary so they could rule out menin­gi­tis. My hus­band ar­rived and af­ter ask­ing the doc­tors sev­eral times what was hap­pen­ing and not re­ceiv­ing many straight an­swers it started to sink in that it wasn’t just a bug he had –he was se­ri­ously ill.

This was the first time I had ever heard of E Coli Sep­sis but that is what Jack had.

This is when we started to do our re­search on sep­sis and not only did we dis­cover how com­mon it was but how many vic­tims it claimed in one year (in the UK alone there are 150,000 cases of Sep­sis, re­sult­ing in 44,000 deaths.)

Jack is a cheeky, play­ful, 17 month old boy now and I can­not put into words how grate­ful we are to the doc­tors/nurses that treated him so quickly – they saved his life!

Jack’s jour­ney isn’t over and I will con­tinue to raise aware­ness for the si­lent killer that not enough peo­ple are aware of.

My ad­vice will al­ways re­main the same: Fol­low your in­stincts, seek a sec­ond, third, fourth opin­ion un­til you are sat­is­fied. Know the symp­toms (this can be tricky as there are so many and a lot of ill­nesses share the same symp­toms but if you’re not sure al­ways seek med­i­cal ad­vice). Had I been a first time mum and put it down to Jack hav­ing an off day he wouldn’t be here to­day and I would be writ­ing a very dif­fer­ent story and that is al­most too un­bear­able to think about.

Healthy boy

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