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11mo old fell off bed to tile floor it is 430am now he fell off around 4 he cried but stopped i'm so worried what do i do i'm not letting him sleep?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Go to ER: You should take him to the nearest er to ave him examined. He may or may not need further evaluation based on the initial assessment, but you should have him assessed.

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