One of the most frequent patients in the ER isn’t even able to complete the admission forms —let alone tall enough to reach the counter. Children aged 6 or younger account for 1 in 4 ER visits every year, says the CDC.
If you find yourself facing an emergency, remain calm: Children pick up on your anxiety and panic, experts say. Talk softly and soothingly, and if your child is old enough, gently explain what’s going on.
Ask your pediatrician if you should call the office if you’re ever on the way to the ER; some prefer to meet their patients there or alert a hospital-based pediatrician of your impending arrival.
Does my child need emergency treatment?
Not every scary situation requires a visit to the ER—but get emergency care for:
When to Call 911
What should I bring?
Top 5 reasons* for visiting the ER (ages 18 and younger)
(Note: This doesn’t include “all other” which accounts for 22.2% of visits)
Also see: How To Relieve Your Infant’s Pain
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