epiglottitis; Hib; ;
Epiglottitis is a rare but very serious disease that can cause children to die because their airway in the throat becomes blocked. It is much less common since children have been immunised against Hib (Haemophilis influenzae type B).
To find out more about epiglottitis and Hib have a look at these resources
Raising Children Network (Australia)
Better Health Channel (Victorian Government)
Department of Health (South Australia), Communicable Diseases Control Branch
If a child has symptoms of epiglottitis (noisy breathing at rest, fever, dribbling, cannot swallow and is obviously ill) this is a medical emergency, and the child needs urgent treatment in a major hospital. Call an ambulance or take the child straight to hospital.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.