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Genetic Disease Screening Program

Danger Signs: When to Contact a Medical Provider​​

Call to be seen right away for these danger signs

Call your medical provider immediately to find out where you should bring your child to be seen if your child has any one of the danger signs below. If you can’t reach your​ medical provid​er quickly, take your child to the Emergency Room or call 911.

Body ​Danger Sign(s)
​101°F (38.3°C) or higher
​Head or neck
  • ​Severe headache or dizziness
  • Stiff neck
​Pain or trouble breathing
​Severe pain and swelling
​Loss of normal skin color, very pale or gray
​Painful erection
  • Seizures
  • Weakness or paralysis (can’t move arm or leg)
  • Can’t wake up
  • Limping without pain​​

Call for advice for these less ​serious signs and symptoms

Body Signs and Symptoms
  • Vomits more than once
  • Has diarrhea more than once
Higher temperature
100°F that lasts more than 24 hours
Jaundice (eyes or skin look yellow)
Arms, legs, or back
Pain with no other symptoms
Coughs without fever or chest pain
Runny or stuffy nose
  • Acts strangely
  • Refuses to take medicine
  • Refuses to eat or drink
  • Less active than usual

Medical provider’s contact information:

Sickle cell disease provider’s contact information:

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