Most childhood illnesses or injuries are unexpected, so it’s important to have an emergency plan ahead of time! During your child’s regular check-ups, talk with your pediatrician about when to go to the emergency center and which emergency center to go to. Based on your child’s medical history and location, your doctor may recommend an emergency center close to your home or one in a hospital where he/she (or your child’s specialists) regularly sees patients.
In cases of emergency, having an updated list of medical phone numbers readily available can be extremely helpful! Your emergency contact list should include the names and numbers of your child’s:
- Pediatrician and Subspecialists
- Health Insurance Plan and Policy Numbers
- Poison Control – 1-800-222-1222
Is It An Emergency?
Knowing when and when not to take your child to the emergency center can be a difficult and stressful decision for many parents!
Some examples of when you should take your child to the emergency center: Full Entry