June 14, 2019
A mom in the United Kingdom took her son to a post-hours clinic after noticing a red streak on his wrist and arm – and it ultimately prevented what could have been a devastating situation.
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"I took him down to the out of hours feeling bit silly but when the doctor saw it he commended me on [recognizing] it and getting down ASAP, "Ruddy wrote in the post that has now been shared more than 40,000 shares
As it turns out, her son's wound developed into sepsis, and blood infection that can be life-threatening. "It's not something you can" leave "until Monday when the doctors are back in the office," she added.
Luckily her son is recovering with antibiotics, but Ruddy said she hopes her post can help others who may not be aware of how serious marks like her son could have been
They are also pretty common. "This type of infection is a sign of bacterial infection that spreads into the body, and that could potentially turn into sepsis," he says. Anne F. Brayer, MD, who is board certified in pediatric emergency medicine. "
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Common symptoms of sepsis include high heart rate, fever (usually high but no absolutes) altered mental status (extreme pain, shortness of breath, clammy skin, and low blood pressure). Sometimes and rash can appear all over the body, or a rash that looks like little bruises known as petechiae, adds Dr. Brayer, and professor of emergency medicine, pediatrics, and the center for community health at Rochester University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York.
Sepsis can occur from bacteria entering the bloodstream from a number of ways including a bacterial infection in the intestines like salmonella. Wounds are another way and with kids always running around it's easy to start worrying. But there are things that parents can do. Dr. Brayer says they should make sure to keep the injury clean. They should also monitor the area to see if the skin around the cut is getting red, if the streaks start appearing, or the redness begins to spread. Also, pay attention if your child complains that the pain is getting worse.
"These are all signs [a child needs] to be seen, and promptly, like a urgent care or an emergency department if your doctor's office is not open, "She says.