Facing a child’s medical issue is a nerve-wracking experience for
parents. You can ease some of the stress of the situation by knowing when
to go to a
pediatric ER for care and when to see your pediatrician instead. The decision is not
always an easy one, so if you are ever in doubt, seek ER care. Here are
some tips for deciding which kind of medical care will be right for your child.
When to Call 911
In some cases, calling 911 is the best way to react to a medical crisis.
If your child has stopped breathing, has a neck or spine injury, experiences
a seizure that lasts for more than three minutes, or is bleeding uncontrollably,
911 can provide the fastest medical care. An ambulance will get you to
a pediatric ER quickly, and your child will receive medical attention
in transit from first responders.
When to Go to the ER
Your child likely needs emergency care if he or she is experiencing a severe
allergic reaction, has a deep wound or serious burn, or has a high fever
that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medicines or that is accompanied
by a stiff neck. Emergency care is also required for broken bones, breathing
difficulties, throwing up blood, and when dehydration is possible. Choose
a hospital with a pediatric ER so he or she gets specialized care with
When to Call the Pediatrician
A visit to the pediatrician is usually appropriate for common childhood
illnesses, low fevers, and minor injuries. Your pediatrician can advise
you to seek emergency care if necessary when you call for an appointment.
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive children’s
services in Treasure Coast, including a pediatric ER and newborn care.
Choose us for kid-friendly emergency care, and let us help you find the
right pediatrics specialist for your little one. Call us today at (772)
461-4000 for more information.