Kids And The Emergency Room – A Story

February 8, 2011 in Fatherhood Insights  

Kids And The Emergency Room – A Story

Every parent goes through it… The kid is up late at night, something’s wrong, labored breathing — or whatever the specific symptoms are — and you need to decide if it’s time to go to the hospital or not.

You feel impotent: “WTF!? I don’t know anything about this stuff! When’s it dangerous? When’s it just being over-worried?”

We had a recent experience with these questions and feelings. Below is the video of our trip to the ER with our 2 year old. It wasn’t pretty, but in the end I was glad we did it. Check out the video to find out more.

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David Bier February 8, 2011 at 7:26 am

Yeah, and sometimes it isn’t just an inconvenience, or a first time parent’s worry. We took Isaac to casualty (UK for ER) in December 09 and it turned out he had herpes simplex – ulcers all over his throat, tongue and lips – which was why he was refusing to eat or drink (it hurt too much). And the reason he was so listless was that he was massively dehydrated, to the point where we had to force feed him fluid every 5 minutes. That’s why you go in the middle of the night – in case leaving it till a more convenient time could be too late.

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Chase February 8, 2011 at 8:14 am

whoa… that sounds heavy. How did he recover!?

Kyle February 8, 2011 at 8:28 am

It’s amazing how timely this video is. My 3 month old came down with the flu and after waking up with a temp of 102.8 we knew we had to take him in to the hospital. He broke his fever at the hospital but after we got home it went right back up and stayed there for about 4 hours. We went back in and he was admitted and we stayed overnight so he could be monitored closely. Turns out the little dude has Influenza A and, lucky me, he gave it to me too. I know we did the right thing and it all happened at the worst of times but knowing what’s going on and knowing that it’s not something worse is so worth it.

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