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When to Call 911: Common Kid Emergencies

Nine-one-one is certainly an emergency and how fast you are in dialing makes up for the battle between life and limb for your precious angel. There are conditions or situations which do not really necessitate you to rush to the hospital as there are also not so seriously looking happenings where you need to be more cautious.

With 911, common kid emergencies can be faced with lesser anxiety and more life-saving measures can be generated. When exactly will you call 911?

When your child falls from a high post or when he falls and you suddenly check that he has difficulty moving, it is time you call 911. The head together with the spine and other organs can be traumatized. Therefore, moving him in another position is not a good idea. Resist the urge to cuddle your child; the position that he has assumed can tell the responders what exactly should they do.

Speak to your child and evaluate whether he answers you correctly. If he loses consciousness or vomits continuously, the 911 call is very important. Trust your senses. If you suspect that something is really wrong though, go to the nearest hospital. The crucial call will also be useful when your child suffered from fracture. If you can immobilize the area, then, it is okay to be the one to transport your child but if the case is all about the spine, then, calling 911 and having a medical personnel who are trained to handle the situation is imperative. Most of the time, even if it does not look life-threatening, there are still times when a bone will suddenly protrude outside the skin.

Another reason to call 911 is when a child is obviously experiencing difficulty in breathing. Evaluate whether the condition is just worsening. Do not be contented with inhalers when a child is already turning blue or has developed several hives or even has his nose flaring in distress. These are already dangerous situations where you either need a paramedic or a hospital personnel. At this point, an oxygen is usually needed, which in most cases, is not available at home. The 911 personnel have such so your call is just as important.

When you also suspect or realize that your child has just been poisoned because he is already groggy or unresponsive, the medicines or whatever formulation he has ingested are scattered on the floor or are found in his mouth and unusual burns or strains in the body or clothing; by all means, call 911. That way, health care professionals could be immediately dispatched in your place. They will also be responsible for making sure that first aid measures are instituted the soonest time possible.

Lastly, you should also dial 911 when your child is suffering from bleeding; profuse bleeding that is. If there is a bleeding disorder, it is sometimes impossible to spot an ongoing bleeding; that is why if there is a known disorder, while applying pressure and evaluating the extent of the problem, call 911.

These are but some common emergencies that parents encounter. Your call is crucial and you don’t want to disregard anything that is worth your second thought.

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Common Child Health Emergencies and How to Deal with Them

It is every parent’s worst nightmare to see their child in pain, all the more if he’s in an emergency situation. Emergencies almost always come as a surprise, it happens when we least expect it to. Immediate intervention must be done in times like this, since most emergencies are life threatening.  Parents and care takers must always be prepared for emergency situations that may happen, they should know how to cope and act accordingly. They must be quick on their knees and be panic-free the whole time.  The main goal should always be the safety of the child.

Emergencies can be classified as life-threatening and non- life-threatening.  A life-threatening emergency is the type when the victim needs resuscitation. Conditions under this category include breathing problems, active bleeding, on-going seizure, severe choking, and permanent loss of consciousness (coma). In dealing with life-threatening emergencies, the most important intervention that needs to be done first is to contact the rescue squad or ambulance. The rescue team is composed of professionals and paramedics trained in basic life support and cardio pulmonary resuscitation.  They will be able to stabilize the patient’s condition before reaching the nearest medical facility. While waiting for the paramedics to arrive in the scene, the parents and care takers can also do certain first aid measures to rescue the victim. For children who have breathing difficulties, the rescuer can check the airway and ensure that nothing’s blocking the air passage. If there’s an obstruction in the mouth such as choking, they can use their fingers to sweep it out or even gently pat the back to dislodge the item. If the person is trained and if needed, CPR can be performed. In the event of external active bleeding, applying direct pressure to the site will help stop the bleeding. Elevating the site also prevents further blood loss. When the child has an on-going seizure, head-injury should be prevented, to do this, let the child lie flat on the ground free from any hazardous and constricting objects.

Non-life -threatening emergencies are those that need immediate medical attention but don’t require resuscitation. Children in this type of emergency are stable and the threat to their lives is less severe. Conditions that can be classified under this category are poisoning, burns, pain, inactive bleeding and temporary loss of consciousness. The first thing parents and care takers need to do is to bring their children to the nearest medical facility or to their pediatrician. These people can diagnose the condition properly and instruct the appropriate medical intervention. First aid for poisoning depends on the substance induced; milk or activated charcoal can be given to remove the toxins from the child’s body. For burns depending on the degree, it can be treated with burns ointments or burn wraps. For pain and inactive bleeding, assessment is key, the care taker should note the location, characteristic, onset, and duration of pain.

As what scouts always say, BE PREPARED, emergency situations should always be associated with those words. Being prepared and acting on time is essential in resolving such crisis.

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