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6 Signs Your Child Should Go to the ER

6 Signs Your Child Should Go to the ER

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A sick child can be a scary thing — especially for new parents. Here’s a quick guide: when these 6 signs and symptoms strike, it may be time to make a trip to the hospital.

Fever

  • Rectal temp higher than 100.4°F in infants under 3 months
  • Showing signs of dehydration
  • Fever induced seizures
  • Acting significantly different

Stiff Neck

With other symptoms, it could be an early sign of menigitis or Lyme disease. Watch for:

  • Numbness in the back of the arms
  • Fever over 100 degrees
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Vomiting or drowsiness

Widespread Rash

If a skin irritation won’t clear up after a few days, head to the ER if:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Fever, swelling or blistering
  • Headache or joint pain
  • Abnormal bleeding

Tummy Troubles

Make the trip to the ER if your little one is:

  • Drowsy, weak or faint
  • Has a hard or swollen belly
  • Has a tender abdomen or unable to walk
  • Unable to pass stool, especially if they are vomiting

Trouble Breathing

Seek immediate care if your child:

  • Has choked on an object
  • Is using their belly to breathe

Bumps, Bruises, & Broken Bones

Bump on the head? Watch for these signs:

  • Dizziness, vomiting, drowsiness
  • Inability to speak/slurred speech
  • Inability to balance when sitting or standing
  • Changes in personality or behavior

It might be a broken bone if you see:

  • Loss of movement in limb
  • Bone pushing through skin
  • Area around bone is cold or pale

REMEMBER: You have good instincts as a parent. When in doubt — call the doctor!