Many individuals find themselves to be clumsy or accident prone at some point or another during their lifetime. For children, however, the clumsiness often accompanies risky and adventurous behaviors, which can lead to serious injury. It is difficult for a parent to determine whether an accident is serious enough for a doctor’s visit or even the emergency room, and that is why many outlets provide tips on determining the status of a child’s injury.
Healthychildren.org is one of the resources providing information to determine the severity of an adolescent injury situation. The site first describes that an emergency is, “…when you believe a severe injury or illness is threatening your child’s health or may cause permanent harm.” Provided examples include unconsciousness or no response from the child, rhythmic jerking or a seizure, trouble breathing, bleeding that does not stop after five minutes of applied pressure, a large burn, and others. In these instances, it is recommended that emergency care be sought. The site also recommends that the child’s pediatrician should be called in route to the emergency room to consult as well. The doctor could even phone the emergency room with a heads up of the oncoming arrival.
It is rare, however, that a child would need emergency services. Most injuries or health issues can be managed at home. Kidshealth.org, for instance, states on their site that over-the-counter treatment and home care is best for coughs, colds, scrapes, bruises, certain rashes, and some cuts. Of course, however, if there are any doubts or uncertainties concerning a child’s wellbeing, the pediatrician should be consulted. Talking with the doctor or a nurse on the doctor’s staff can set the course for proper care and help in deciding if a doctor is needed.
There is no rule book or guide to parenting. No one source exists to tell parents what to do and how to do it. Every parent just does the best that they can in any and all situations that arise in child rearing. The key to handling injuries with children is to remain calm to best assess the situation. Ask yourself if you are capable of handling the problem. If the answer is yes, then at-home treatment is the best path. If the answer is no, then ask the next question. Is this an emergency situation that is threatening the health of my child or could have permanent harm to my child? If the answer is yes, then call an ambulance or head to the emergency room. If the answer is no, then make an appointment with the pediatrician.
It takes calm and problem solving to manage children on a daily basis, but it is even more necessary to maintain calm in an emergency situation of any kind but especially one with a child involved. Just remain calm and roll through the questions above to get to a solution.