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Many minor injuries can be handled at home. However, there are times when a trip to the hospital emergency department is needed. In general, take your child to an emergency room after an injury anytime you think the problem may need urgent attention, including if your child has:
Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
Bloody sputum (coughing up blood)
Blue or purple color to lips, skin, or nail beds
Chest or stomach pain or pressure
Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision
Change in mental status (such as loss of consciousness, confusion, or trouble waking)
Animal, snake, or human bites
Severe pain or loss of motion or sensation anywhere in the body
Severe bleeding or bleeding that does not stop with direct pressure
Severe burns or burns of the face
Head, spinal cord, or eye injuries
Signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling of the face, lips, eyes, or tongue, fainting, or with trouble breathing, swallowing, or wheezing
This is a partial list. There are other problems that may need emergency care. Contact your child's healthcare provider for more information.
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