A pediatric emergency can be a scary time for parents, but the way you react to the situation will have a great deal to do with how the situation is ultimately resolved. Although no one relishes the thought of taking his or her child to the emergency room, there are several things you can do to make the process easier. The next time you’re facing a pediatric emergency, keep these tips in mind.
Have an Emergency Kit
When your child is experiencing a medical emergency, it’s not a good time to be scrambling to gather information the doctors may need to make a diagnosis. Be ready to face whatever happens by keeping a kit prepared that you can grab as needed. Include a list of your child’s current medications, any allergies, the dates of any past surgeries or major health incidents, and the name and phone number of his or her pediatrician. You may also want to include things that could make a trip to the emergency room a little easier for your little one, like a stuffed animal, a blanket, or coloring books.
Choose the Right Emergency Room
All emergency rooms can provide care for kids, but if possible, choose an ER that offers pediatric services. These ERs have pediatricians on staff and specialized equipment designed for kids. Pediatricians are generally better equipped to recognize common childhood illnesses than a regular ER doctor, and the child-friendly equipment can make treatment more comfortable for kids.
Know What to Expect
Keep your anxiety under control by knowing what to expect in the emergency room. After an initial evaluation, the ER staff triages patients. This means that your child will be seen in an order based on the severity of his or her condition compared to other patients. Your child will then be evaluated by a doctor, his or her condition will be diagnosed, and he or she will receive treatment and be discharged or admitted to the hospital.
Our emergency room at Brandon Regional Hospital has pediatricians on staff to provide your child with the best care possible. You can find out more about our Hillsborough County hospital’s pediatric services by calling us at (888) 327-2636.