One mom is hoping to help other parents detect a life-threatening ailment after her son showed a simple sign that caught her eye.
According to Alexandra Ruddy, her family was visiting a zoo when her son took a tumble.
The mom explained:
He took quite a bashing but once we got home I cleaned him up. I rang school on Farm school 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 yr old boy however.
As Ruddy continued, over the next week, the wounds on her son’s hands and elbows didn’t look infect, but she grew concerned when the wounds appeared to be getting bigger.
It was only later that her son had developed “red tracking.”
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…
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 recognising it and getting down ASAP.
The “red tracking” was a sign of “blood poisoning/sepsis.”
As the Mayo Clinic reports, sepsis “is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection.”
The mom said she wasn’t sure if she was going to share her son’s story publicly:
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 2 years ago and she had shared.
Ruddy also reiterated that if “red tracking” along the vein is present near the wound, “it isn’t something you can ‘leave’ until Monday when the doctors are back in the office” and to seek medical assistance right away.
The mom concluded by adding the antibiotics her son has been on are working and that he is doing well. She added, “hopefully my post might help someone the way my friend’s post from two years ago helped me.”