Mother Issues Warning - Don’t Ignore This Rash, It Could Cost Your Child Their Life

Toddlers are always catching little bugs that can give them cold or flu symptoms, and that's what one mom thought her son had. She didn't worry, until she saw the rashes on his leg.

Australian mom La Vonne Palmer says her 15-month-old son, Eli, woke up cranky one day. He was crying, had a fever, and threw up his bottle. Palmer didn't think much of it until she put Eli in the bath and saw his legs.

Eli was sporting round spots that looked like black rashes. She rushed him right to the emergency room, and it turns out he didn't get there a minute too soon. The rash was already spreading down his legs and to his fingers.

It turned out Eli had meningococcal disease, a bacterial infection. If left untreated, the disease has a high mortality rate. Doctors say a child can look perfectly fine one minute and be dead hours later.

The strain of meningococcal that Eli had can be prevented with vaccinations. Eli was vaccinated, but never got the vaccination for that particular strain. It's not required by the Australian free National Immunization Program so they didn't know about it.

Palmer is now trying to warn other parents: don't take rashes, or vaccinations, lightly. It could save your child's life.

Source: AWM
Photo: AWM

Rash turns out to be a meningococcal disease.

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