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    Anytime you are not comfortable with a medical situation, call 911 (or your local emergency number), go to your nearest emergency room, or call your family healthcare provider.

    Immediate medical attention

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    • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath

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    • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness

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    • Confusion or changes in mental status

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    • Drowning

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    ACEP recommends seeking immediate help if your child has any of the following:

    • Any significant change from normal behavior

    • Confusion or delirium

    • Decreasing responsiveness or alertness

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    • Irritability

    • Seizure or abnormal shaking or twitching

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    • Severe headache or vomiting, especially after a head injury

    • Uncontrolled bleeding

    • Inability to stand up or unsteady walking

    • Unconsciousness

    • Abnormal or difficult breathing

    • Skin or lips that look blue or purple (gray for darker-skinned children)

    • Feeding or eating difficulties

    • Increasing or severe, persistent pain

    • Fever accompanied by a change in behavior (especially with a severe, sudden headache accompanied by mental changes, or neck or back stiffness or rashes)

    • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea

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    Remember, anytime you are not comfortable with a medical situation, you should call for help. By acting quickly, you may prevent a serious emergency and could save a life.

    Online Medical Reviewer: Fraser, Marianne, MSN, RN
    Online Medical Reviewer: Images Reviewed by Staywell medical art team.
    Online Medical Reviewer: Perez, Eric, MD
    Date Last Reviewed: 12/1/2017
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    Southern New Mexico
    Surgery Center

    2301 Indian Wells Rd. Suite B
    Alamogordo, NM 88310

    Phone: 575.437.0890
    Fax: 575.437.0905