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The Medical Center of Aurora

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When to Take Your Child to the ER for a Sports Injury

When Should I Take My Child to the ER for a Sports Injury?

Sports injuries can occur at any time during any type of practice or competition, or even while your child is playing at home. In most cases, your child’s pediatrician can provide initial care for broken bones, sprains, strains or torn ligaments, and will refer your child to a specialist as needed. However, if your child sustains a more serious injury, emergency care may be necessary.

If Your Child Has These Symptoms, Visit the ER

Seek ER treatment if your child’s sports injury meets the following parameters:

  • The child is younger than 4 years old and cannot use the arm or bear weight on the leg that was injured.
  • The limb that was injured looks misshapen or bone is protruding from the skin.

If your child’s injury is accompanied by these symptoms, emergency care may be necessary:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Change in level of consciousness (asks repetitive questions, exhibits memory loss)
  • Vomiting more than once
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty breathing

The Medical Center of Aurora offers 3 ER locations:

All locations are open 24/7 and are staffed by board-certified emergency physicians and experienced nurses. Please see the map below for locations, addresses, and phone numbers.

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