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What to do in these common medical emergencies (Part 1)

Know when to call the doctor in these common medical emergencies.

medical emergencies

Breathing difficulties

Call the doctor if you see these signs

  • Flaring of nose
  • Grunting
  • Breathing fast consistently
  • Sucking in the skin above the collar bone or between or below the ribs
  • Whistling , coughing or cracking sounds on  inhale and exhale

Call 911 if

  • Child is turning blue around the mouth or takes more than 60 breaths per minute

Poisoning

Call 911

  • Child is unconscious, unresponsiveness or extremely sleepy
  • Child is having convulsions
  • Child is turning blue around the mouth and takes more than 60 breaths per minute
  • Child has burns on the lips or mouth

What you need to do

  • Get the rest of whatever the child swallowed away from her
  • Do not try to make the baby vomit
  • Try to make the baby spit out whatever is left in the mouth
  • Keep a sample unless you have the container
  • Call poison control on  (800-222-1222). They can access the situation and tell you what to do

Vomiting

Call the doctor if your baby  has these symptoms

  • Vomits for more than 24 hours
  • A little blood in vomit
  • Six hours without a wet diaper, dry lips and mouth, crying without tears if he’s more than 3 weeks old, unusual sleepiness, dark yellow urine, sunken fontanels (the soft spots on the head)
  • Forceful, persistent vomiting within half an hour after eating

Take the baby to the emergency room in the following situations

  • Vomit looks green, black or green . You should bring a sample in a plastic bag.
  • Child has a hard lump or swelling in the abdomen which is painful to touch.
  • The child is crying unconsolably and alternately pulling and extending legs  and arching back in pain
  • Child vomits more than once after a head injury

Call 911

  • If the child is unresponsive

Diarrhea

Call your doctor if you see the following symptoms in your baby

  • Baby younger than 3 months develops diarrhea
  • Diarrhea doesn’t improve after 24 hours
  • Black stool or blood in stool
  • Six hours without a diaper, dry lips and mouth, crying without tears if he’s more than 3 weeks old, unusual sleepiness, dark yellow urine, sunken fontanels (the soft spots on the head)

Call 911 if the child

  •  is unresponsive
Content Sources
When to call 911: How to tell if your baby needs emergency care. Baby Center. https://www.babycenter.com/0_when-to-call-911-how-to-tell-if-your-baby-needs-emergency-ca_10348508.bc?showAll=true. Accessed December 2nd, 2017

How to Handle the 5 Most Common Child Medical Emergencies. Newport’s Children Medical Group. https://newportchildren.com/the-5-most-common-child-medical-emergencies/. Accessed December 2nd, 2017

Is it a medical emergency ? Nemour’s Foundation. http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/emergencies.html. Accessed December 2nd, 2017

December 13, 2017 | 11:11 31    By oohs N coos    

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