When your child has an emergency
Sometimes it’s obvious that your child is having a medical emergency, but other times it’s not so clear. A pediatric emergency department can handle a wide variety of problems, from a high fever to severe bleeding or head injury.
If your child is experiencing any of the following, bring him or her to the emergency department:
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe drowsiness, difficulty waking up or confusion
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Stiff neck with fever and headache
- Severe headache
- Abdominal pain that makes it painful to walk or change positions, is steadily worsening, and when accompanied by fever or vomiting
- Serious head trauma or injury
- Broken bones
- Symptoms of appendicitis (pain in the lower right part of the abdomen)
- Any laceration involving the face or caused by a dog bite
- Any problem involving children with complex chronic disease
- Suspected poisoning or drug overdose.
Babies 60 days and younger with a fever should always be brought to the emergency department.
Pediatric emergency departments like the one at Cardon Children’s Medical Center are staffed with board-certified emergency physicians, pediatricians and pediatric emergency medicine physicians, as well as pediatric nurses who work exclusively in the pediatric Emergency department.
Our Child Life specialists explain medical procedures to your child and provide distractions to reduce stress.
Our Pain Management program is dedicated to keeping your child comfortable and provides options like “ouch-free” shots and IVs. Our team draws upon the expertise of a wide range of pediatric subspecialists, including orthopedics, surgery, plastic surgery and neurosurgery.