There are obvious emergency situations: a major accident, such as a car crash or a bad fall from heights; burns or smoke inhalation; poison ingestion; a wound from a firearm or other weapon; an electrical shock.
The less obvious emergencies are the ones we receive calls about. While it is unusual for a child to become seriously ill suddenly and without warning, the following symptoms and signs do indicate urgency:
Always call for help if you are concerned that your child’s life may be in danger or your child is seriously hurt.
For immediate help in an emergency, call 911. While you wait for help to arrive:
After you arrive at the emergency department, make sure you tell the emergency staff the name of your child’s pediatrician, who can work closely with the emergency department and can provide them with additional information about your child. Bring any medication your child is taking and her immunization record with you to the hospital. Also bring any suspected poisons or other medications your child might have taken.
If your child has swallowed a suspected poison or another person’s medication, even if your child has no signs or symptoms, call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.
Of course, feel free to contact us for advice. Timely treatment can prevent an illness from becoming an emergency. And be sure to know everything you need to know about potential emergencies. Read more at healthychildren.org