Youngsters are prone to developing sniffles, so a runny nose isn’t generally something parents should be highly concerned about. However, if a child develops other symptoms such as a high fever and stiff neck, parents should seek emergency care. Other alarming symptoms such as generalized weakness and a persistent or severe headache should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.
Sometimes, vomiting and diarrhea are medical emergencies. If your child suffers from persistent vomiting or diarrhea, he or she could be at risk of dehydration, which can be potentially life-threatening if left untreated. Another reason to take your child to emergency care is the presence of a widespread rash that does not turn white when pressed. If a rash does not blanch, it could indicate a medical emergency such as sepsis or meningitis, especially if the child also has a fever.
Oak Hill Hospital is proud to offer a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Care Center for “ouch-less” emergency care. Families throughout Brooksville can call us at (888) 741-5120 for general questions about our ER.