Could it be sepsis​?

Sepsis is when your body has an extreme response to an infection. Sepsis can affect anyone.

Find the facts

Know the symptoms of sepsis

There are many possible signs and symptoms of sepsis. Some serious symptoms include:

Getting very sick, very quickly

Difficulty breathing


Not needing to urinate (wee) all day or less often than usual

A rash or blue, grey, pale or blotchy skin

Feeling your child is very sick - trust your instincts​

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition and needs immediate medical attention

Sepsis can cause death or permanent damage without treatment. Even if you have already seen a doctor, if you or your child is still sick and not getting better, go back to your doctor or hospital emergency department, or call Triple Zero 000 if it is an emergency. Don’t be afraid to ask "Could it be sepsis?"

Call your doctor or healthdirect on  1800 022 222 (24-hour service) if you are unsure, or if you or your child have general symptoms of infection that may lead to sepsis.

Read the sepsis fact sheet for more information, including other symptoms of sepsis ​and who is at higher risk.​​​​​​

Sepsis in children

Sepsis in adults

Current as at: Thursday 22 February 2024