Signs of Emergency


RedcrossiconSometimes you need to call the doctor — or 911 — to get help right away. Here are some of those times:


  • Your child has trouble breathing.
  • Bleeding won't stop.
  • Blood in your child's urine or bowel movement.
  • Coughing up or throwing up blood.
  • Diarrhea and no urine for 6 hours.
  • Soft spot on your baby's head is bulging or sunken.
  • Pain in the ear or liquid, pus, or blood coming out of your child's ear.
  • Your child has a hard time swallowing or won't eat.
  • Your child has both a fever and a stiff neck.
  • Fever of 100.2 degrees F (rectal), if your baby is younger than 2 months.
  • Fever of 101 degrees F (rectal), if your baby is between 2 and 6 months.
  • Fever of 103 degrees F (rectal), if your baby is between 6 months and 2 years.
  • Any injury that you think can lead to your child's death.

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