In the case of a serious injury or illness, it's important to look out for signs of shock.

Shock is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the circulatory system fails to provide enough oxygenated blood to the body and, as a result, deprives the vital organs of oxygen.

This is usually the result of severe blood loss, but it can also occur after severe burns, severe vomiting, a heart attack, a bacterial infection, or a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

The type of shock described here isn't the same as the emotional response of feeling shocked, which can also occur after an accident.

Signs of shock include:

Seek medical help immediately if you notice that someone has any of these signs of shock.

You should:

How to treat a baby who is in Shock:

How to treat a grownup who is in Shock:

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