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Shock - what should I look out for?

(8 Posts)
Catsu Sun 29-May-11 16:59:06

Ds who is 3 had a bit of a shock about an hour ago. He got his fingers trapped in an automatic door in a shop.
His fingers seem ok, just red, not swollen. The staff were really helpful but seemed concerned at ds's reaction. He cried loudly for a few seconds then I picked him up and sat down with him on my lap and he almost immediately started falling asleep. They thought he might be a bit shocked.
I carried him back to the car when he was quiet but seemed ok and drove home where he fell asleep on the way and is still sleeping on my lap now.

If his fingers are not physically hurt badly, is it ok that he is sleeping off the shock?
Can shock be bad? What should I look out for in case he needs to go to the doctor?

Thanks!

Catsu Sun 29-May-11 17:28:49

Bump in case anyone can advise...

80sMum Sun 29-May-11 17:36:52

Have you tried waking him up?

saggarmakersbottomknocker Sun 29-May-11 18:13:10

My ds2 did a similar thing when he was small. He trapped his finger in the neighbour's door and took the top off. We drove to A&E with him screaming blue murder and he promptly fell asleep. Slept through x-ray and stitches.

I'd try to wake up, give him a drink and a cuddle and see how he is then.

Catsu Sun 29-May-11 18:40:07

Thanks.
He slept for a good hour but woke up fine and had a cuddle and choc buttons and seems back to his usual self now!

saggarmakersbottomknocker Sun 29-May-11 18:41:40

Choc buttons are brill smile. Glad he's ok.

jjazz Sun 29-May-11 21:26:32

my dd broke her arm aged 5 and fell asleep in the car on the way to a&e. I was worried and kept telling the docs although i saw her fall and know that she hadnt banged her head. ther told me it was a fairly comon reaction for the age of the child- natures way of managing a painful and scary time I guess.

sneezecakesmum Sun 29-May-11 22:57:36

What you describe is totally normal. Its not physical shock but an emotional/pain response to a nasty experience.
Watch his fingers though, an automatic door is unlikely to cause fractures (think it stops?) its car and house doors that do the damage!

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