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If you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 9-1-1 for an ambulance or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.
An emergency is a medical problem that could cause death or permanent injury if not treated right away, such as:
Childhood should be simple, but sometimes things get complicated. When, and even before that happens, we're here to help.
If you have children, you will likely experience a medical emergency at some point in time. So it's a good idea to have an action plan ready. Following are tips and tools to help you take the appropriate action.
If you think your child has swallowed anything poisonous, or touched something poisonous, you should immediately call poison control. Don't wait for the victim to look or feel sick. Do not try to treat the person yourself, this could result in even more serious damage.
Print Cook Children's poison prevention sheet here
If your child is unconscious, a bone is sticking out or the situation seems critical, dial 9-1-1 immediately for an ambulance. When your child's condition is life threatening or might cause permanent harm, it is safer for your child to be transported via ambulance.
If you are calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone be prepared to tell them your location and address.
Injuries or accidents that may result in a trip to the emergency room:
If your child is ill or injured, the following signs may suggest the need for emergency care:
Sometimes things happen when you just can't get to your pediatrician's office. Cook Children's urgent care centers are available to treat injuries and illnesses that don't need to be seen by an emergency department, but do need to be seen by a pediatrician. Here you can get things like X-rays, stitches, and care for minor injuries that aren't life threatening yet require medical attention the same day.
Always keep important numbers handy so you can access them easily in an emergency. Keep them by every phone in your house and either on your refrigerator or message center. Show your children, baby-sitters, caregivers and other family members where they are so they can access them too.
Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
Download and print an emergency contact sheet
Having a first-aid kit can help you in both minor and major emergencies. You can purchase a first-aid kit at most drugstores. You can also make your own.
Once you have your first-aid kit, be sure to do the following:
You may also want a travel first-aid kit for your car and for trips. If you're flying, be sure to pack your kit in checked baggage. First-aid kits aren't allowed in carry-ons.
Taking a basic CPR course could be the best time you'll ever spend. If your child stops breathing, is choking, or is having a seizure, this knowledge could quite possibly be life-saving. You can find a course near you through the American Heart Association.
Adult hospitals are great, for adults. But kids have very special needs. Pediatric emergency departments are staffed by emergency medical specialists who have advanced training in pediatric emergencies.
Cook Children's emergency department isn't just kid friendly, it's kid only. We're here 24/7 for kids from birth to 21 years of age.
Our pediatric specialists are not only among the best in emergency medicine, they are among the most skilled when it comes to taking care of kids. Cook Children's emergency doctors have advanced training in pediatric emergency medicine so they understand that kids are not small adults. Children are constantly growing and changing and they have very different needs. Here at Cook Children's, emergency-medicine doctors and nurses are here to do the most important thing in an emergency, take care of your child every step of the way.
In a pediatric emergency department, imaging technologies and surgical centers are equipped with child-sized tools. And when you consider how many sizes kids come in, from birth to 21, that's a lot of sizes.
The same thing is true for medications, including sedatives. Having a pediatric emergency medical team is an added layer of safety for your child. And comfort for you.
Our support staff understands kids and families. Child Life specialists are help ease a child's fears Cook Children's Social Services team can help you navigate everything from your child's ongoing health care needs to physical, emotional and financial stress.