Top 5 Pediatric Emergencies (And What to Do About Them)

As a parent, you may want to call your pediatrician all the time, and at the very first signs of any trouble or distress. You’ll eventually get a handle on things and know what’s serious and what’s not; and what can wait until a regular office visit, and what is a true emergency. It’s always better to be safe, and if you’re confused or unsure of something, call us and head on over as soon as possible.

At Trusted ER, we have you covered with four different locations in Coppell, Hurst, Sherman, and Dallas, Texas. Our expert emergency medical staff can handle any injury or illness. Waiting for your pediatrician to call you back can be nerve-wracking, but going to a regular emergency room can make you even tenser and aggravated. Not just for the long wait, but for all those germs around you. 

Top 5 pediatric emergencies 

No matter what’s happening, you need to make sure you stay calm. And while this may be stating the obvious, if your child loses consciousness, stops breathing or has a seizure, you must call 911 or rush him or her to the closest ER without hesitation. 

Other than these conditions, the top 5 pediatric emergencies are: 

  1. Traumatic and sudden injury
  2. Cut, laceration, or burn
  3. Fever
  4. Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  5. Sore Throat

What to do for a pediatric emergency

As stated above, the very first and most important thing you must do as a parent, guardian, or caregiver is to stay calm and be as objective as possible. And we know this isn’t easy when it’s your own flesh and blood in distress. But you’ll need to describe exactly what happened and when, to either the emergency responders, or to our doctors when you come to us for pediatric care and emergency treatment.

A traumatic injury can include an accident or fall that potentially involves a head injury, broken bone, or concussion. If the head or neck are involved, or a bone is sticking out, call 911. This also goes for vomiting, loss of consciousness, and going numb after a fall. Otherwise, calmly drive to Trusted ER.

If a cut is in the abdomen, chest, or head, this is more of an emergency situation, especially if the bleeding has not stopped after five minutes of continuous pressure. If this is the case, you also must call 911. 

If not, and you are able to stop the bleeding, keep pressure on the wound and have someone drive you and child to see us. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may be treatable at home, but if they persist, the child can become dehydrated, which can be very dangerous. 

And if you suspect that the child took any medicine or ate or drank poison or chemicals, this becomes a true emergency. The same can be said for a sore throat. It could be the result of many things, but you do not want to mess around with strep throat. The bottom line is to be better safe than sorry, with a phone call or a visit to us at Trusted ER. 

Trusted ER is here for you

Stay calm and either call 911 or carefully drive to the nearest Trusted ER location or regular ER. If you think it can wait, but are not sure, call your pediatrician. And if you’re unable to write down the details of what happened, and don’t have someone else to do it for you, record them on your phone. This will be vitally helpful for any emergency responder, and especially for the staff at Trusted ER. 

Just know that we’re here for you, no matter the type of emergency. We offer attentive, thorough, and full care 24 hours a day in our private ER, and want to make sure you and your child will be comfortable and served well. Call us as soon as possible and let us help you deal with your pediatric emergency. 

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