The most important thing I learned this week is if your child is bleeding and you are concerned about the amount of lost blood here is what you need to know:
- pink and warm is good
- cold and pale is not good.
As mothers, and people who are responsible for small children, it is quite disturbing when one in your care is bleeding. I was thinking she is small she has a lot less blood than I do. I was wondering how much can she stand to lose and be okay, because the amount of blood I was seeing would be disturbing even if it came from an adult.
My youngest daughter Katie, she only goes by Kathryn when she is playing princess, is 3 years old. Katie doesn’t like going to bed and she still wakes up in the middle of the night. Sometimes right after we put her in bed she will come into our room and say she had a nightmare and we know she had not fallen asleep yet. She will try to sneak in bed with us. Katie also cries and talks in her sleep.
At about 11:45 night before last, I woke up. I heard crying. I was going to go check on Katie but I heard her coming towards my room. I just sat up and said, “Come here. What is wrong?”
She said, “My face hurts.”
I figured she probably had a head ache or a tooth ache and I would get her Motrin and let her sleep with me until Daddy came home. He is currently on second shift. He could put her back in her bed when he got home.
I told her, “Go lay down in Daddy’s spot. I will get you some medicine. ” I went to the kitchen without putting my glasses on. When I came back to the bedroom, with just a little light coming from the kitchen, I saw Katie sitting up in my bed with blood all over her. She also just came to realize it was blood and started screaming. It was bubbling out of her mouth, due to the screaming, but at this point I didn’t know why she was bleeding and where. exactly, it was coming from.
I dropped the children’s chewable, scrambled for my glasses, scooped her up and took her to the bathroom. I realized I didn’t have a towel in there and I headed for the kitchen. Her shirt was soaked, blood was just poring down. There were streaks on her legs. It was all between her toes. Her hands were all bloody.
I set her on the counter and got a washcloth. I tried to wipe up her face and put pressure. I could see it was coming from her nose but I couldn’t rule out her mouth. Was it going into her mouth then coming out or was it coming from there too? Did she fall out of her bed? What hurts? Of course she is unable to tell me anything constructive, but she did mention pain first thing.
She was not having any part of me putting pressure on her nose and I didn’t want to suffocate her so I just held her. I called the “on-call” doctor and my husband. I was waiting to hear back from both.
I checked her room to see if there was evidence of a fall. It didn’t appear that way.
I was still holding Katie, just standing outside of Luna’s room, I called out to her and told her to get up and put pants, socks and shoes on. Luna was great she did as she was told and I didn’t have to go back and check on her.
Luna came to my room and I told her we might have to take Katie to the hospital she was bleeding. I told Luna, “When you look at her don’t react.” Luna didn’t react. I was grateful.
Luna packed a bag of extra clothes for Katie and got pants, socks and shoes for me too.
Then Luna got a Clorox wipe, at my request, and started cleaning up the trail of blood through the house. She wiped down Katie’s doll and told me of areas in the carpet and hand prints.
After 35 minutes I called the “on-call” doctor again and they put me through to a different doctor. That doctor said go ahead and take Katie to the ER. As I got Katie into the car Joe (Daddy) showed up.
The PA at the ER said there was no evidence of trauma. (Meaning she didn’t fall and injure anything.) A blood vessel in her nose just burst. The blood loss was not too extensive, warm and pink is good, pale and cold would indicate the problem.
Katie is fine. We are being cautious of her nose. She has to see a pediatric ENT tomorrow.
Joe thinks I am exaggerating the blood. We cleaned up most of it before he got there. Katie fell asleep in my arms while I was waiting for the doctor to call back and I wiped up most of her skin.
Earlier that day I had watched Castle and there was less blood at the murder scene than was on my little Katie.