The nurse is caring for a 10-year-old girl diagnosed with meningitis. The nurse would expect which of the following symptoms?


•The common triad of symptoms in adults is fever, neck stiffness, and mental status changes. However, this only occurs in 44% of adults with meningitis and in even fewer children.

•Fever, headache, photophobia, nausea, vomiting, confusion, lethargy, and irritability are the most common symptoms in children.

•Respiratory distress, diarrhea, tinnitus, and blurred vision are not common in pediatric meningitis.

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