‘Our son fell. I noticed red tracking down his vein. I then checked his elbow – the same. I felt a bit silly, but when the doctor saw it, he wanted him in ASAP.’

“I’ve been in two minds whether to post this, but my husband convinced me as he said if I hadn’t been here, he wouldn’t have realized. I am sure there are other parents who wouldn’t either and the only reason I knew is because it had happened to a friend’s son two years ago and she had shared.

A week or so ago our littlest fell over at the zoo. He took quite a bashing but once we got home, I cleaned him up. I called the school on ‘Farm 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 gotten 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. 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.

This is blood poisoning/ sepsis. It isn’t something you can ‘leave’ until Monday when the doctors are back in the office.

Thankfully the antibiotics are working, and he is well in himself! If you spot this red line running from a wound along the vein get yourself/ your child seen straight away. Hopefully my post might help someone the way my friend’s post from two years ago helped me.”

Alexandra Ruddy

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