There’s nothing scarier than watching your child suffering. But when is it time to rush to the emergency room? How can you tell before it’s too late?
An online search or a call to your pediatrician may put your mind at ease, but when it comes to your child’s health, perhaps it is better to be safe than be sorry.
Read on to learn the signs it is time to take your child to the ER.
Fever is the #1 cause of emergency room visits for children. Fever is the body’s reaction in fighting infections, but it can be dangerous if it rises too high. Call your doctor if rectal temperature rises above 100.4°F and rush to the ER if your child is under than three months old.
If the child suffers seizures or is unresponsive, rush to the ER straight away.
All children suffer from tummy aches now and then. However, when these last more than a few hours, you should start worrying.
If your child’s upset tummy comes with weakness, loss of appetite, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever, you should call your doctor. If your child has a swollen tummy, tender abdomen, suffers so much pain they are unable to walk, it is time to rush to the ER since they might be suffering from appendicitis.
If your child bumped their head, keep a close eye on them for the next two days. If they have persistent dizziness, drowsiness, problem speaking and inability to balance, you should rush them to the ER.
What to Watch for After Head Injuries
According to Children MD, “If your child takes a hit to the head, cries for a minute, but then goes right back to playing, you can probably breathe easy. Even if that knock results in a goose egg, you’re usually okay. Those goose eggs are really just big bruises. In those instances, you want to pay attention to how the injury feels to the touch. Goose eggs can be hard or soft, depending on the surface the child hit, and can resolve within a matter of minutes. If it starts to feel squishy, you move into the next category: seek help.
When Should You Seek Immediate Medical Attention?
Kids will show you signs if there’s something wrong. They won’t act like themselves, they’ll be sleepy. They might vomit or refuse to eat or drink. If your child experiences any of those symptoms, loses consciousness or complains of a persistent or worsening headache, go to the emergency department.”
Inspect your child after every serious bump. Look for broken bones pushing through the skin. If your child can’t move a part of their body after a bump, rush to the ER. WebMD signs and symptoms of a broken bone include:
- Swelling or bruising over a bone
- Deformity of an arm or leg
- Pain in the injured area that gets worse when the area is moved or pressure is applied
- An inability to bear weight on the affected foot, ankle, or leg
- Loss of function in the injured area
- In open fractures, bone protruding from the skin
Stiff and Swollen Neck
A stiff neck is common, but when accompanied by swelling, you should look for symptoms of more serious problems. If neck pain comes with swelling, high fever, inability to swallow, numbness, light sensitivity, drowsiness, or vomiting, it is time to visit the ER.
If your child has widespread skin rashes with the following symptoms, you should make a trip to the ER. The symptoms include fever, swelling, blistering, headaches, trouble breathing, profuse bleeding, or weakness.
Rush to the ER if you suspect your child might have choked on an object. If they breathe with their belly, it might be a sign their respiratory system is obstructed.
Taking Your Child to Emergency Room
If you need immediate medical care, Advance ER is open 24/7 every day of the year. We collaborate with the Children’s Health Care Network and Andrews Institute to offer top quality children’s healthcare for your young one in Dallas, TX.
Within moments of your arrival to the emergency room, you will be seen by a board-certified doctor with years of experience. Call us right now if your child needs immediate medical care: Galleria (214) 238-6270 | Park Cities (214) 238-6440