By eHow Health Editor
Meningitis is an inflamation of the covering of the brain due to a viral, bacteria or fungi infection. It's can be lethal within hours - especially in kids. Familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms, especially if you have a child, and seek treatment as soon as possible if you suspect infection.
Know that sudden fever, especially over 100 degrees F, with or without a preceeding illness, is cause for concern. If you or your child is ill with an earache, cold, flu or pneumonia, check for fever twice a day.
Evaluate your eyesight. If you're experiencing photophobia, that is, looking at light causes you pain or prompts you to look away, you may have meningitis.
Watch for vomiting, another symptom of meningitis.
Evaluate your level of fatigue. Sometimes malaise and lethargy is a warning symptom of meningitis.
Check your infant's fontanelle, or soft spot. If it's bulging or tight, call your pediatrician immediately.
Listen to your child's cry. If it's high-pitched and shrill, this may be a symptom of meningitis.