Tuesday Newsday – 10 Kid Health Emergencies

March 29th, 2011

Every time our daughter gets on her giant rocking horse, she falls off her giant rocking horse. It’s not that she doesn’t know how to ride it. It’s the damn rodeo moves she makes–spinning around, riding backwards, hanging from her feet. Don’t ask.

One time, she fell off. Seriously. Head, meet floor. She bonked her bonk bonk, as my husband would say. Her noggin hit the ground. Like a melon. I freaked out. Clearly, this was brain damage territory. Eventually, after having a hysterical conversation with myself as to whether I should take her to the ER, it turned out to be her telling ME to stop crying. I wiped my eyes and she had already climbed right back on her horse (because that is…after all…what you’re supposed to do when you fall off). She was fine.

Here’s a great article on different things that can happen to kids (think: cannibalism among toddlers, bee stings and dump trucks in eyes) and what to do (ER or not to ER).

It was one of those moments that you feel, rather than see, in excruciating, punishing slow motion: Four-month-old Tyler Glowacz fell from his bouncer, which was on the kitchen table, and landed on the ceramic floor. “I was only a couple of feet away, but his bouncer was on the table and he wasn’t strapped in. Stupid mistake — I know,” admits his mom, LuAnn, of Austin, Texas. She was relieved that Tyler began crying — silence would have been a more ominous sign — but she knew she had to get her son to an emergency room. Read more…

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