When to visit the ER
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 with trouble breathing or not acting right (i.e. listless or lethargic)
- Vomiting that will not stop or is associated with abdominal pain
- 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.
Children that have not been vaccinated or babies 60 days and younger with a fever should always be brought to the emergency department.