Injuries to Seek Medical Advice

Introduction:As parents it is part of children growing up that injuries and illnesses will occur. It is up to mother and father sometimes to determine when that child needs medical attention or when things can be handled at home. Experience with 3 children can shed some advice on when it is time to see the doctor.

  • 01

    Listen and Look

    It is often a parent that can listen to the cry to determine if the child is badly hurt or superficially wounded. A child has different cries no matter what age they are and parents learn those signs to help them know if a doctor or emergency help is needed or if just some tender loving care can kiss away the momentary pain or embarrassment. Avoid the first instinct of holding the child close to you when the child comes to you. It is difficult to see an injury when the child is held closely to you.Right after you see the injury you can then hold your child for comfort and solice.

  • 02

    Bleeding

    Look for extensive bleeding and apply pressure until you can call 911 for bleeding that does not stop with applied pressure to a wound. If the dressing you apply is saturated with blood and needs changing, do not remove that, but apply another on top of that initial one so the clot is not disturbed if it is created. Keep constant pressure on the wound as you call for help to get that child to the emergency room or hospital. Keep the child warm to avoid shock from the loss of blood.

  • 03

    Area of Injury

    Gently touch the area the child has the injury to. If you feel swelling that needs ice applied to reduce that, apply in this way. Put ice in a plastic bag and cover it with cloth so ice is not directly on injury. If swelling increases or persists more than 1/2 hour, seek your health care providers attention. If it is the head that has been injured, apply ice and go to the emergency room or nearby clinic, doctor's office or hospital. Look at the color of the skin. If you see unusual pallor or other discolorations, watch closely to see if there is improvement within 10 to 15 seconds. When you do not see a return of natural color, it is time to seek medical help. Lack of blood flow can cause a pale look in the face and around the nail beds and lips.

  • 04

    After an Accident or Injury

    Looking at your child after an injury or an accident is vital. One area to observe is elimination. Watch for blood in the urine or stool which requires a doctor visit. Unusual behavior with hyperactivity or a lot less activity are signs for you to consult your doctor. Especially after a head injury of any proportion call your doctor so he can look neurologically at your child. Watch for lack of appetite and inability to swallow, however do not offer water or food immediately after an injury.

  • 05

    Cut or Laceration

    Most often if the wound is deep or wide or does not stop bleeding with a few minutes of pressure you need medicial attention. The wound needs to be cleaned and perhaps have a stitch or more put in the skin to hold that area together. Sewing of the two parts of the skin will aid healing, prevent introduction of germs and will have less likely hood of a very noticeable scar if attended to soon. If you make a mental note of the injury date and time that could be helpful if you need to tell your doctor. You can also write that information down when you are able, so you can track the recovery of that injury when it happens too.




Final Thoughts

Anytime you have any doubt if you need to have a child looked at by professionals it is a sign to go to the ER or nearby hospital. It is always better to go and be told it is not an emergency than to delay and have circumstances take turn for the worst.




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