Boots are selling an Early Alert Pack for Meningitis, containing expert information about the disease provided by The Meningitis Trust. The Arc Early Alert Pack is a comprehensive way to identify whether a rash and other symptoms are indicators of meningitis and septicaemia. The pack is also on sale from Arc at Amazon for just £7.47 delivered.
I'm not sure what I think about this, to be honest - is it going to make you a more paranoid parent, or will it help you feel prepared 'in case'?
According to the Boots website, over half of all parents in a recent survey (June 2006) could not name three symptoms of either viral or bacterial meningitis.
The Arc Early Alert Pack can help parents quickly identify early warning signs, and in particular help detect the most distinct sign of meningococcal septicaemia, a rash that does not fade under the 'press a glass on the skin' test.
The Arc Early Alert Pack can be easily stored in a medicine cabinet or first aid box, and comes with a reusable device to help identify the rash associated with meningitis and septicaemia as well as information on the early signs of meningitis and septicaemia and key emergency and support service contact numbers.
The device itself is a clear plastic that you press to the skin, with a dummies guide, it seems, so probably perfect for stressing parents.
So, do you own this? Does it reassure you?