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    When to Get Emergency Care for Your Child

    Many minor injuries can be handled at home. But there are times when a trip to an emergency room (ER) is needed. Take your child to an emergency room or urgent care clinic after an injury if your child has any of the below:

    • Trouble breathing

    • Coughing up blood 

    • Blue or purple color to lips, skin, or nails

    • Chest or stomach pain or pressure

    • Severe or ongoing vomiting or diarrhea 

    • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision

    • Loss of consciousness, confusion, or trouble waking

    • Seizures

    • Animal, snake, or human bites

    • Severe pain

    • Loss of motion or feeling anywhere in the body

    • Severe bleeding

    • Bleeding that does not stop with direct pressure

    • Severe burns

    • Burns of the face

    • Broken bones

    • Puncture wounds

    • Head, spinal cord, or eye injuries

    • Signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling of the face, lips, eyes, or tongue, fainting, or trouble breathing, swallowing, or wheezing

    • Exposure to poison (also follow instructions from the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222)

    This is not a full list. There are other problems that may need emergency care. Contact your child's healthcare provider for more information.

    Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
    Online Medical Reviewer: Donna Freeborn PhD CNM FNP
    Online Medical Reviewer: Eric Perez MD
    Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2019
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