Parents across the country will be familiar with the red baby book given out by the NHS, designed to capture childhood medical information. But did you know a special book has been created especially for parents of children who have had meningitis?
The Meningitis Trust and Meningitis Research Foundation have joined forces to create My Journal – Life after childhood meningitis and septicaemia, an individual plan for each child’s future treatment and care. It is also a valuable source for parents on the type of support that is available. Similar in look and feel to the standard baby book, it is designed for parents and children aged 16 and under, and will be given to anyone leaving hospital.
Meningitis has a huge impact on the lives of sufferers and their families - we wrote about World Meningitis Awareness Day back in April - and My Journal has been designed to positively change lives, becoming a very personal record for parents and their children post meningitis. It allows families to easily record and share information with all the health professionals and others helping to care for the child such as teachers.
Find out more information on the Meningitis Trust website. The Meningitis Trust is also currently running a campaign called Beat it Now, aiming to bring in the life saving Meningitis B campaign and there’s lots of ways you can get involved.
And if you’re a parent, it is essential that you’re aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and know what you should do if you suspect your child is suffering from it.
Gillian blogs over at A Baby on Board about London life as a new mum, covering everything from baby clothes to beauty products and breastfeeding. She lives with her one year old daughter Eliza and husband Alex in south London.