When to Take an Infant to Urgent Care After an AccidentSunday, September 15th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Whenever your child has an accident, it can be a bit terrifying. Infants can cry very loudly and very hard if they are hurt, even if the injury is minor. It can be difficult to know when your infant’s accident requires medical care. No matter how careful you are, your infant could have an accident, especially if they are learning to crawl or walk. It is important to know when to take them to the doctor and when at home care is enough. Here are some signs you need to take your infant to urgent care.
Crying that Doesn’t Stop
Your infant is likely to cry even with a minor injury, but they should be able to be soothed. If the crying simply won’t stop and your infant cannot be calmed down, it is a sign that they are in significant pain. Since your infant can’t talk to you and tell you where or how much it hurts, constant crying should be addressed with a trip to the doctor for a complete examination.
Swelling and Redness
Regardless of the type of injury that your infant has sustained, swelling and redness of the area is a cause for concern. Swelling and redness could be indicators of fractured or bruised bone, or it could be a sign of muscle injury. You can try to calm swelling with an ice pack. But if it does not go down immediately, you should take your infant to the doctor for an examination and treatment.
In some cases, you may think that an injury or accident was minor and not take your infant to the doctor right away. If infection sets into the wound or if other complications occur, your child may run a fever. If not running a fever, the injured area of your child’s body may be hot to the touch. In either case, it is important to take your infant to the doctor right away.
If your infant has been in an accident and you need medical assistance, contact us today or walk in for an appointment.