When it comes to your child, emergency room visits are considered a part of the package – and millions upon millions of children are seen in ERs like Laredo Emergency Room each year, mostly from unintentional injuries like falls, burns, drowning, poisoning, suffocation, and vehicle crashes. Accidental falls dramatically outrank any other cause of nonfatal injury until the preteen years – and fatal injuries are most commonly caused by suffocation for babies, drowning for toddlers, and vehicle crashes for older children.
With the number of emergency room visits children require, it’s important to know that not every illness or injury is an emergency… but here are some more urgent symptoms to look for, especially in the midst of illness or following an injury:
* Fever that doesn’t respond to medication with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in a baby 2 months or younger, 102 degrees in older babies through 3 years, and 104 degrees in older children.
* Crying that’s inconsolable and constant following an injury
* A bulging or sunken appearance of the soft spot in younger babies or continual rubbing of the head in young children after a fall – or any bruising on the head of a baby less than 2 months old
* Appearance of loss of balance or slurred speech
* Unequal pupils
* Vomiting that comes on after injury or is severe, ongoing, or contains blood
* Significant fatigue or difficulty waking after a fall
* Choking, trouble breathing, or turning blue
* A deep cut and profuse or nonstop bleeding
* A non-blanching, widespread rash over the entire body (if it doesn’t turn white or disappear for a few seconds when you press it, it is non-blanching)
* Stiff neck accompanied by fever and light sensitivity, which can indicate meningitis Keeping Young Children Safe Despite all the unavoidable trouble our curious little ones can get into, there are many ways we can help keep our children safe.
* Supervise young children at all times, especially during active play
* Teach children, even toddlers, how to swim or float
* Insist your children wear helmets for all physical activities like biking and roller skating
* Buckle up your children in seat belts for every trip, no matter how short, and have them ride in the proper seat for their sizes
* Put babies to sleep on their backs, not their tummies. Swaddling can help them stay in the right position Even with these safety measures, accidents happen.
Whether you have an older child or a newborn, emergency room visits are almost inevitable. To care for your baby Laredo Emergency Room can examine your child and treat a variety of emergency conditions, including severe infections, dehydration, and serious injuries. We know that worrying about your child’s health is a natural part of parenting – and we’re here to provide child emergency care and help take some of life’s worries away for parents like you.
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