Kids get lots of bumps and bruises as they explore the world. Especially when they are young, those trips and falls can be accompanied by plenty of tears, but how do you know when an injury is serious enough to call a doctor? Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado is here to help. We offer comprehensive, compassionate services for families in Fort Collins and throughout the Front Range, and in today’s installment of our ongoing series, “When to Call the Pediatrician,” we’re going to address how to know when an injury is serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. Read on to learn more, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to our 24/7 doctor’s line!


Young children cry for many reasons, from hunger to frustration to pain. It can make it hard to gauge just how serious an accident may have been. However, if they seem to be in severe pain, it is probably worth a call to our doctor’s line. As we’ve discussed before in this series, any severe pain, or pain that gets worse or doesn’t fade after several hours, is often a symptom of a serious problem, and you should contact your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible.


Many kids bounce back and are running around only moments after falling or receiving a bump to the head. If your child shows hesitation to be back in action, then it’s time to take a closer look, especially if their injury causes any swelling that is still painful the next day. You should consider contacting a doctor if they continue to treat the injured area with particular care, if they are limping, or if they are not able to move the arm or leg that was injured. Any loss of consciousness warrants a call to your child’s pediatrician right away!


Cuts and scratches happen, and most can easily be cleaned and treated with a bandage. If your encounter an injury that can’t, then consider a call to a nurse or pediatrician better safe than sorry. Any cuts that might need stitches should be addressed by a healthcare professional, as should any blood not coming from an obvious external injury. Bloody urine, diarrhea, or vomit are all justify a call to a doctor!

Difficulty Breathing

If at any time your child is having trouble breathing, call your pediatrician immediately. You can look for the signs even if your child is too young to express their feelings or they are nonverbal. If they are a small child, watch to see if their ribs are moving in and out more quickly than normal. If it seems like they can’t catch their breath, that’s another sign that you should contact a healthcare professional as soon as you can.

Call Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado Today

Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado is here to help your kids stay safe and healthy from birth to 21! We are always available for advice, with at least one doctor on call 24/7 and reachable through our office phone number. There is a charge for after-hours phone calls, as well as out-of-town phone calls, but we know that it’s worth it to speak to a pediatrician you know and trust when you’re concerned about your child’s health.

If you want to focus on preventive care, schedule a sports’ physical for your child today! The staff here at Pediatric Associates will make it as fun and easy as possible, and we’ll make sure that they are ready and healthy for whatever challenges their favorite sport may bring. Call today to make your appointment!