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Shock may quickly occur after a sudden illness or injury. When the body loses too much blood or fluid, there is no longer enough fluid in the body to carry enough blood to the vital organs.
Babies and young children usually have several symptoms of shock, including:
Also, a child in shock has a weak, rapid heart rate and low blood pressure.
Shock is a life-threatening condition. Immediate medical care is required any time shock is suspected.
Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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