Top tips for trips to the emergency room
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Nobody wants to take their baby to the emergency room, but it's a fact of life at some point.
Dr. Nick Jouriles, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, says being prepared can make a stressful situation much better. Here's how:
- Plan ahead. Where is the closest emergency department? How would you get there in an emergency?
- Bring their medications, immunization records, medical records and contact information for doctors who may have treated them.
- Have a list of any allergies they may have.
- Don't let your baby eat or drink anything.
- Bring a bag in case they are admitted. This bag should include a change of clothes, pajamas and favorites objects such as a small toy, a favorite blanket, a book or stuffed animal.
- If someone is watching your child, make certain they have a consent form in the event of an emergency. You can download one here from EmergencyCareforYou.org.
- Stay calm. Don't add stress to an already stressful situation.
Source: American College of Emergency Physicians