After A Scary Incident, Mom Warns Kids To Wear Socks When Trying On Shoes

"Who would have thought trying new shoes on could make someone so ill?"

With back-to-school season underway and many parents taking their kids shoe shopping, one mom is sharing a warning to keep children safe. Jodie Thomas took to Facebook to share her shoe shopping experience with her 4-year-old daughter, Sienna Rasul, which resulted in a hospital visit.

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The mom from South Wales says her daughter was diagnosed with sepsis, which may have been the result of her trying on shoes without socks

Sepsis "is the result of a massive immune response to a bacterial infection that gets into the blood," according to Medical News Today. It's a very dangerous condition that's deemed life-changing or fatal because it often leads to organ failure or injury. It's extremely important that people seek medical attention with the "blood poisoning" condition.

Sepsis is caused by septicemia, a bacterial infection which gets into the blood. It can occur in those with chronic conditions, weakened immune systems, or wounds. 

Thomas explained that Sienna was wearing sandals without socks when they went shoe shopping. She tried on different pairs of shoes that others had previously tried on. 

Shortly after, the 4-year-old was crying in pain and twitching so her mother drove her to the doctor. The doctor indicated it was an infection likely caused by bacteria getting in Sienna's foot.

The next day, the infection had spread and Thomas took Sienna to the hospital. She told the Mirror that the little girl's "temperature was raging" and doctors thought that might have to operate.

Thankfully, they managed to drain the infection in the leg without the need for surgery.

After a five-day stay in the hospital and being hooked up to an antibiotic drip, Sienna has made a full recovery according to the Facebook post.

Thomas wants to make sure the experience doesn't happen to anyone else, which is why she is sharing her story to raise awareness. "Who would have thought trying new shoes on could make someone so ill?" she asked. "So, with back to school shopping under way, carry a pair of spare socks!"

To ensure parents are aware of sepsis, Sepsis Trust lists the key signs to be on the lookout for. They include not passing urine, heavy breathing, repeated vomiting, skin looking bluish/discolored/mottled, feeling lethargic, and being very cold to the touch.

If people notice these symptoms, it's important that they seek immediate medical attention.

(H/T: Cafe Mom)

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