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When And Where To Seek Medical Help

Sometimes you will know instantly that your child needs immediate medical attention. But there will be other times when you won’t be so sure. And if your child needs that help, should they go to a hospital emergency room, call your child’s doctor, or go to an emergency medical center? The following tips can help you.

When to call 911

Call 911 if your child:

  • not breathing or turning blue
  • is unconscious after a fall
  • has seizures
  • have a severe allergic reaction
  • has a broken bone that comes out through the skin
  • have taken an unknown amount of a medicine and are now having a hard time waking up
  • is suffocating

When to take it to a hospital emergency department 

The emergency services hospital can treat a wide range of serious health problems. They are equipped to treat life-threatening illnesses and injuries at any time of the day or night.

Go to a hospital emergency department if your child:

  • have trouble breathing
  • have unusual drowsiness or confusion
  • have a stiff neck and fever
  • your pulse is rapid and continuous
  • have ingested poison, medicine, drug, or unknown substance
  • has had a head injury and is vomiting
  • have an eye injury
  • a major burn has been done

When to call your child’s healthcare professional 

Call your child’s primary care professional’s office to ask any non-urgent questions about your child’s health concerns. They can help you know what steps to take and how.

Call for issues like:

  • fever
  • earache
  • sore throat
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • a headache that won’t go away
  • possible dehydration
  • a skin rash
  • wheezing or wheezing
  • a persistent cough

Calling your child’s doctor regularly for these types of problems allows your child to receive ongoing care (always see a professional who knows both you and your child).

What can be treated in an emergency medical center?

What if you cannot make it to your child’s doctor’s office or if your office has already stopped due to timetables? Then consider going to an emergency medical center.

Emergency medical centers can treat the same kinds of problems as the doctor who sees your child regularly. At these centers, X-rays are taken and stitches, staples, and casts are put on.

Other problems that can also be treated in these centers are the following:

  • simple bone lesions
  • minor burns
  • cuts
  • chip extractions
  • sprains and other sports injuries
  • insect bites and minor animal bites
  • fever
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting or diarrhea

And what about telemedicine?

Children affected by minor injuries or illnesses can be cared for by a healthcare professional over the phone or computer. This is called telemedicine or telehealth. Through a phone app, you can speak to a healthcare professional face-to-face and he can see your child through the screen. The professional who sees your child on a regular basis or the health system may offer telemedicine services.

Consider using telemedicine when your child has:

  • a rash (or skin rash)
  • minor cuts or burns
  • conjunctivitis
  • a cold
  • fever
  • a mild allergic reaction
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

Regardless of whether your child is going to a hospital emergency room, an emergency medical center, or benefiting from a telemedicine visit, make a follow-up visit with the healthcare professional who is taking your child. This way, this primary care professional will have up-to-date information about your child and will be able to follow up on it.