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Test for a Stiff Neck

This child is showing signs of a serious illness. He has no energy and cannot bend his chin down to touch his chest. This is a sign of a stiff neck and may mean meningitis.

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This child is also showing signs of a serious illness. What do you see? He looks worried, very tired, and has no energy. Like the first child we saw, he also cannot bend his chin down to touch his chest. This is a sign of a stiff neck and may mean meningitis. Learn this test so that you can check your child for neck stiffness at home. The next day after treatment with antibiotics, he is feeling better and is much more alert. At this examination, he still shows some stiffness in the neck because he's not able to get his chin all the way down to his chest. Two days after antibiotic treatment, he is feeling much better. He is no longer in bed and the neck stiffness is totally gone.