After one mom felt a bit silly for bringing her son in to be seen for a red line on his arm, she soon realized how the small mark was a sign that could have led to a fatal case of sepsis had it not been treated.
This story was shared on Instagram to helps teach other parents about the warning signs to look out for if your child has an infection.
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"A week or so ago the littlest fell over at the zoo. He took quite a bashing but once we got home, I cleaned him up," shared the mother. "I rang school on Farm school day to make sure he washed his hands after digging and I tried hard to ensure it was kept clean (hand and elbow). He's an 8-year-old boy, however. The wounds didn't look infected- they'd got bigger so I was concerned but they weren't gunky etc. Yesterday on our way to the beach he showed me his hand. I wasn't happy as I noticed red tracking down his vein."
Red Line On Arm Is Sign That Can Lead To Sepsis
This is when the mom's observation was crucial for her getting her son the help that he needed. “I then checked his elbow – the same. I took him down to the out of hours feeling a bit silly but when the doctor saw it, he commended me on recognizing it and getting down ASAP," she explained. "This is blood poisoning/sepsis. It isn't something you can ‘leave' until Monday when the doctors are back in the office.”
Sepsis happens when you have an infection and it triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. Thankfully, this mother's son was able to be put on antibiotics and is doing well now.
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So, if you ever see a red line running from a wound on your child, make sure you get them into see a doctor right away!
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