Carbon monoxide is a gas that has no colour, smell, or taste. You can't tell if you're breathing it. Your child can be poisoned from breathing air that has too much of the gas.
Many things can cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. These include:
Carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in the blood. Since the body's organs and tissues depend on oxygen, they can't work as they should.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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