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When is something an emergency?

 

It is important to follow your instinct. You know your child better than anyone else, and you can understand when he is really sick.

The emergency problems below are only indicative, and don’t constitute a full list of emergencies. If you have any doubts, consider the case to be an emergency and go to the hospital. In other cases a phone call to your paediatrician may be useful.

The child may need to go to the hospital if he has something of the following:
• Any new symptom to a newborn and an infant <3-6 months old

• Difficulty in breathing

• Blood with coughing

• Blue or pale color

• Sudden dizziness, weakness, or changes in vision

• High persistent fever that doesn’t fall with antipyretics

• Decreased consciousness, confusion

• Rash that doesn’t subside when pressured

• Convulsions

• Biting from an animal or a person

• Intense headache or bellyache

• Severe bleeding that doesn’t stop with pressure

• Severe burn or burn at the hand/ foot/ face

• Fractures

• Head or face injury

• Significant allergic reaction

If the child is hospitalized, always inform your paediatrician.

 

Stelios Papaventsis MBBS MRCPCH DCH IBCLC 2009

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