Wednesday night DD (15 months) started vomitting evern 10 to 15 minutes. After a 2-3 hours, a phone call to the Qld Health line and a doctor home visit we decided to take her to the hospital. The thing is, we both wanted to go which meant waking up DS (4) (no issue with that). Our options of getting to the hospital (about 15-20 mins drive) were:
- phone for an ambulance although it's not technially a life threatening emergency
- go in the car with DD in her reclined car seat. She would most definiately vomit on the way there at least once and there was a chance she could choke on her vomit (which was just bile at this point) or not get it all out and swallow it again
- go in the car with DD on my lap to I could sit her up when she vomited and get it out (obvious dangers!!)
What would you do? (We had no other friends or family close by.)
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30-03-2012 07:47 #1
Did we do the right thing?
30-03-2012 08:04 #2
What would I have done? Def not option 3. Depending on how "reclined" her seat was- I would go with option 2 with the possiblity of having her arms out of the belt, a bucket and sitting her up everytime she vomited.
I'm one of those who don't call for ambulances unless it is life threatening but understand if others aren't like this. I'm calm in the situation so I know that I can get my babies to hospital safely and more often than not, quicker than the ambulance.
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30-03-2012 08:06 #3
I would call an ambulance if I thought it was serious enough.
Otherwise I would but her on my lap in the backseat no way I would put her in her seat and risk choking.
People will disagree but when it comes to emergencies you have to use common sense over law. I would risk getting fined or whatever I would fight it in court anyway after she was better.
30-03-2012 08:07 #4
Unless the seat was rear facing, i dnt see how it could be that reclined to cause that prob? I would have sat in the back with her, with a bowl, if she started to puke id tell hubs to pull over while unbuckling her and making her sit up straight.
30-03-2012 08:08 #5
I would've got DH to drive and sat in the back sear next to her reclined seat in order to keep a close eye on things (and mop up any vomit).
30-03-2012 08:11 #6
I choose other - I would have one parent sitting in the back seat with her so if she vomited you could sit her head forward into a towel or a bucket.
I wouldn't call an ambulance for vomiting only - your right it's not life threatening.
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30-03-2012 08:30 #7
If she is forward facing, I would have made the seat more upright. At a year old, she can sit upright. I would never drive anywhere without my children properly restrained in their seat. You can pull over for choking. Most kids spit vomit out....we don't sleep kids on their tummies, even if they are chuckers after all. It is even more certain that she would spit vomit out as she was awake and alert.
I wouldn't have called an ambulance.
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30-03-2012 08:38 #8
option 3 -
If you did get pulled over the cops are not going to book you for that. A friend of mine was in labour heading to the hospital sitting in the back seat with contractions every few minutes... yes she wasnt wearing a seat belt cos she was on all fours. They did get pulled over only to then get a police escort to the hospital.
30-03-2012 08:49 #9
I would have put her in her car seat even if I was alone. i done it many times in the last 19 years. i have never had a child choke on their vomit in the car seat. I would sat ds beside her if I was on my own.
No way would call a ambulance That is just not a option at all IMO. They are ONLY for life threatening emergencies. People die because ambulance can't get there in time because they transporting people don't need them. It not like they can just dump you on the side of the road when a real emergency comes in. They have to take you to hospital before they can attend the emergency.
Ok Rant over....
No way would I travel with her on my lap.
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30-03-2012 08:51 #10Senior Member
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I think the best thing to do in this situation is to call an ambulance. They wouldn't send one with light's and sirens, they would have prioritised it along with the other calls. I too would feel a bit funny about it, I think that ambulances are only for life a death, but honestly, people do call them for much less than this. And going in the car, although you could do it, is very awkward.
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