A mum recalled how she sent her son to the doctors after spotting an unusual sign on her son's arm after an injury.
The parent revealed how a scrape on her son almost led to a life-threatening sepsis case.
She claimed the "red line" was a sign to indicate to her that she should take him to a doctor.
Posting in a parenting group on Instagram, the mum told how her son had fallen over while at the zoo.
The mum said in the Tiny Hearts Education group: "A week or so ago the littlest fell over at the zoo.
"He took quite a bashing but once we got home I cleaned him up.
"I rang school on Farm school day to make sure he washed his hands after digging and I tried hard to ensure it was kept clean."
After a few days, the mum said the wounds didn't appear infected but she noticed a "red line".
She continued: "I wasn't happy as I noticed red tracking down his vein. I then checked his elbow – the same."
The mum took her son to an after hours GP but when the doctor saw the wound he "commended her" for recognising it.
It turned out her eight-year-old son had contracted lymphangitis, developing into a case of blood poisoning, known as sepsis.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis is not a common infection, but it can be very serious.
If left untreated it can lead to multiple organ failure, and in worse cases death.
The fatal infection is estimated to kill six million people worldwide annually.
Symptoms of sepsis can vary between people, and specifically depending on the age of the person.
They're typically flu-like side effects like shivering, fever, confusion and vomiting.
The NHS says young children should be rushed to hospital if they – look mottled, bluish or pale, are lethargic or difficult to wake, have breathing difficulties, are abnormally hot or cold, have fits or have a rash that doesn't fade when you press it.
For more information, visit the NHS website.
The doctor prescribed the youngster with antibiotics which is said to be working.
Now the mum is encouraging other parents to be aware after it happened to a friend's son two years ago.
She continued: "If you spot this red line running from a wound get your child seen straight away.
"Hopefully, my post might help someone the way my friend's post from two years ago helped me."
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