After effects in children

Recovering from childhood bacterial meningitis and septicaemia

Your guide – Recovering from childhood meningitis and septicaemia” and “My Journal – Life after childhood meningitis and septicaemia" are resources which have been jointly produced by Meningitis Research Foundation and Meningitis Now.

The resources have been written to help families following hospital discharge in the UK and Ireland.

Your Guide

Provides in depth information about recovery and potential after effects of meningitis and septicaemia. 

Your Guide can be ordered free of charge here


As health services differ in Ireland from the UK, we've created a version of Your Guide especially for Irish readers. However, like the UK version, there's plenty of good information on recovering from childhood bacterial meningitis and septicaemia wherever you are in the world.

Provides a place for parents and children to keep a personal record of the illness, recovery and follow-up care.

You can order a copy of My Journal by emailing us with your name and address and telling us a little about who it's for.

Factsheets - serious and long-term after effects

To be read after Your Guide.

We're building up a library of more detailed information about the after effects of meningitis and septicaemia.

If you can't find what your looking for, do please get in touch with our Membership and Support team.

Your Guide - Emotional and behavioural effects of acquired brain injury
Your Guide - Learning and Cognitive Effects
Your Guide - Physical Effects of Acquired Brain Injury
Your Guide - Sensory Effects of Acquired Brain Injury
Your Guide - Speech, Language and Communication Problems
Your Guide - Structure and Function of the Brain
Your Guide - Amputation
Your Guide - Amputee Rehabilitation
Your Guide - Bone Growth Problems
Your Guide - Kidney Damage
Your Guide - Skin Scarring
Your Guide - External Fixators for Limb Correction
Your Guide - Hearing Loss and Tinnitus after Meningitis
Your Guide - Balance Problems
Your Guide - Difficulty Accessing NHS Services

Kids talk about meningitis and limb loss

“Meningitis is ... yucky because it made me very poorly and I had to lose my arms and legs” – Harmonie-Rose Hall

We asked children who have had amputations as a result of meningitis their opinions on raising awareness, life after limb loss and prosthetics. ​
The stories that inspire us to create a world free from meningitis and septicaemia
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The MRF Membership and Support team are here for you for any questions you might have about meningitis and septicaemia and their effects on you, or your family and friends.

Tel: Helpline UK 080 8800 3344 Ireland 1800 41 33 44

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