Children can get themselves into all sorts of trouble so it’s important to know when they need to go to hospital. Here’s how…
Anyone who has children knows that, in the pursuit of exploring the world, they can get themselves into trouble and suffer various types of harm.
Sometimes, taking the child to the doctor isn’t enough, and they might even advise against a trip to accident and emergency when they actually need to go. If this happens, making A&E claims with a solicitor will help you pay for any expensive medical treatment.
To help you decide when to take your child to the hospital, we’re going to give you a comprehensive list of all the issues your child should go there for. Take a look…
What Issues Should I Take my Child to the Emergency Room For?
Children suffer scrapes, bruises, upset stomachs, and all sorts of non-threatening issues that don’t require a trip to the hospital. However, sometimes things that seem like no big deal are much bigger than you think, and you need to understand where that distinction lies.
To help you with that, here is a comprehensive list of all the issues you should take your child to the hospital for:
Your Child Suffers an Accident
Some accidents are minor and can be treated at home but, if your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, you should take them to hospital or call an ambulance:
- Stops breathing or is struggling for breath (breathing quickly, panting, or wheezing)
- Falls unconscious or is struggling to understand where they are/what is going on
- Has suffered a cut that is gaping open or won’t stop bleeding
- Won’t wake up when you try to rouse them
- Has a fit without any pre-existing reasons for having one
- Has a leg or arm injury and can’t use the affected limb
These are good rules to follow when considering if you should take your child to the hospital but they’re not very specific. Accidents such as cuts, burns, electrocution, broken bones and poison consumption all have their own signs which we’re going to go into detail on now.
Your Child Has an Object in Their Nose or Ears
It’s not uncommon for a child to stick something in their ears or nose, especially if they’re young. That said, if the object is firmly lodged in there it’s better to take your child to hospital in case you end up pushing the object in further.
If the object is in their nose, get your child to breathe through their mouth. If this object is a button battery, the situation needs to be taken much more seriously and you should tell the person at the hospital desk right away.
Your Child Has a Cut
Small cuts are obviously no cause for concern. Just put a plaster or band-aid on the cut and monitor it to make sure it heals properly.
Even if there’s a lot of bleeding, you can manage the cut yourself by pressing on the wound with a clean cloth until the bleeding stops (this could take 10 minutes or more). However, try not to tie anything around the injury so tightly that it stops circulation.
It’s very unusual for a wound to bleed so much that your child suffers serious blood loss. That said, if the cut continues to bleed much longer than expected, or there’s an object such as a piece of glass in the wound, take your child to the hospital.
Your Child Has a Burn or Scald
The first thing to do when your child suffers a burn or scald is to run it under a cold tap to reduce the heat in the skin. If you’re not near a tap, any cold liquid you have to hand will do.
Use something clean and non-fluffy to cover the burn to reduce the risk of infection, However, if your child’s clothes are already stuck to the wound, don’t try to take them off.
Whether you take your child to the hospital depends on how severe the burn looks. Take them to hospital if you believe it needs more attention than the dressings provide.
Your Child has Swallowed Poison
If your child has swallowed any pills or medications, you should:
- Look for the missing pills and identify what they are (unless you already know)
- Take them straight to the hospital after you’ve attempted to identify what they swallowed
- Keep your eye on your child the whole way and be prepared to resuscitate if necessary
- Keep your child calm, mobile and stop them falling asleep
Follow these same steps if your child has swallowed household or garden chemicals, but make sure to check for soreness, staining or blistering around their mouth to see if what they swallowed was corrosive. Milk or water will help ease the burning on your way to the hospital.
Your Child Has Been Electrocuted
Electrocution is almost always a cause for taking your child to the hospital. Before you do that, make sure to follow these steps:
- Call an ambulance immediately
- Turn off the power before you approach your child, or push them away from the source with a wooden or plastic object if turning off the power isn’t possible
- Try tapping their feet or stroking their neck and shout “wake up” or “hello” at them
- If there’s no response from your child, you have to resuscitate them
- The rest is in the hands of the medics
Your Child Has Broken a Bone
At some point in your child’s life, they’re probably going to break a bone or two. Every fracture or break should be seen to by a medical professional, but in some instances a trip to the hospital is more pressing.
If your child is finding it difficult to move without causing them extreme pain, you’ll need to call an ambulance. If your child’s neck or spine might be injured, don’t try to move them or you could cause paralysis – just call an ambulance right away.
In all other cases, put one hand above the injury and the other below it to support it, and comfort your child as you take them to the hospital. It’s alright to give them painkillers as long as you follow the recommended dosage.
So, Are These All the Issues I Should Take my Child to the Hospital for?
In this post, we’ve covered the most common injuries children can suffer, and when it’s the right time to take your child to the hospital.
There are many varied reasons for taking your child to the hospital. So, if you feel your child needs expert medical attention, don’t hesitate to take them.