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Health Information For Parents
Sometimes you’ll know right away if your child needs quick medical care. Other times, it’s hard to be sure. And if you do, should you go to the ER, call your doctor, or visit an urgent care center? These guidelines can help.
For a serious emergency, call 911. Some situations are so serious that you need the help of trained medical personnel on the way to the hospital.
Call 911 if your child:
An ER (emergency room) — also called an emergency department (ED) — can handle many serious problems. They are ready for life-threatening illnesses and injuries at any time of the day or night.
Go to the ER if your child has:
Call your primary care provider’s office with any questions or non-urgent health concerns. They can help you decide what steps to take and how.
Call for problems such as:
Calling your child’s regular provider for these kinds of concerns supports “continuity of care” (always seeing a provider who knows you and your child).
What if you can’t get to your provider’s office or it’s after hours and the office is not open? Then, consider getting medical care at an urgent care center.
Urgent care centers can manage same problems as your regular health care provider. These centers also can provide services like X-rays, stitches, and splints.
Other problems they can treat include:
Kids can be seen for many minor injuries and illnesses is through a “visit” to a health provider using your phone or computer. This is called telemedicine or telehealth. Through an app on your phone, you can talk to a provider face-to-face — and the provider can see you and your child. Your regular health care provider or health system may provide telemedicine services.
Consider telemedicine when your child has:
Whether your child got care in an ER, at an urgent care center, or through a telemedicine visit, follow up with your primary care provider afterward. That way, your provider has the most up-to-date information about your child and can continue any needed follow-up care.
Knowing what to expect when you need to take your child to the emergency room can help make it a little less stressful.
In an emergency, it’s hard to think clearly about your kids’ health information. Here’s what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
Telehealth is changing health care. Find out how things like video doctor visits can benefit you and your family.
Boo-boos, bug bites, and broken bones – oh my! Here’s your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about how to keep kids safe.
Whether it’s a medical emergency or minor injury, we’ve got the first-aid info you need.
You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing,” but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.
Quick action is essential during a serious allergic reaction. It helps to remind yourself of action steps so they become second nature if there’s an emergency. Here’s what to do.
In an emergency, health care professionals will have many questions about a patient’s medical history. It’s easy to compile this information now, and it could save critical minutes later.
A well-stocked first-aid kit, kept in easy reach, is a necessity in every home. Learn where you should keep a kit and what to put in it.
Being prepared for an allergy emergency will help you, your child, and other caregivers respond in the event of a serious reaction.
In a medical emergency, kids can be heroes just by calling for help. Find out more in this article for kids.
One of your most important tasks as a parent is finding a qualified babysitter. Here are some essential tips on choosing and instructing a babysitter.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
Asthma flare-ups, or attacks, can be handled, but it’s even better if you can prevent them from happening. Find out how to deal with flare-ups.
Participation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here’s how to protect your kids.
Teaching your child how to use 911 in an emergency could be one of the simplest – and most important – lessons you’ll ever share.
Kids with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. The good news is that when treated properly, anaphylaxis can be managed.
A person with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This reaction can seem scary, but the good news is it can be treated.
Most kids need stitches at one time or another to help a cut heal properly. Read this article to learn all about stitches and what they do.
Burns, especially scalds from hot water and liquids, are some of the most common childhood accidents. Minor burns often can be safely treated at home, but more serious burns require medical care.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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