How Urgent Are My Child's Symptoms?

The following conditions REQUIRE IMMEDIATE CARE and the child should be taken IMMEDIATELY TO THE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM:

  • These reasons include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Difficulty breathing (e.g. choking, stopped breathing, weak breathing, stridor, cyanosis, or other signs of respiratory distress.

  • Possible anaphylaxis (difficulty breathing or swallowing following medicine, bee sting, food, or other possible allergen).

  • Severe bleeding (active), which cannot be controlled with direct pressure for a few minutes

  • Neurological symptoms (e.g. seizure, loss of consciousness, hard to awaken, confusion, altered mental status, stiff neck).

  • Poisoning, ingestion, drug overdose.

  • Foreign body – in the airway (choking) or swallowed.

  • Trauma to the neck or eye.

  • Electric shock.

  • Near drowning.

  • Suicide – threats or attempts.

 

The following conditions typically require "same day" treatment.  Parents should either schedule an appointment, or use walk-in care for the following symptoms/conditions:

  • Trauma other than neck or eye.

  • Asthma, wheezing, or croup with no difficulty breathing.

  • Foreign body – ear, nose, or vagina.

  • Minor bleeding (active) including blood in vomit or stool.

  • Bites (e.g. animal, snake, spider, marine animal, bee, yellow jacket – not insects or ticks.)

  • Child older than 2 months of age with fever over 105° F.

  • Infant less than 2 months of age with fever over 100.4°F.

  • Severe pain, especially abdomen, head, or chest.

  • Possible dehydration.

  • Purple or blood colored rash.

  • Heat exhaustion or stroke.

  • Hypothermia.

  • Psycho-social emergencies (sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence.)

 

IF YOU ARE STILL UNSURE IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO BE SEEN ON AN URGENT BASIS, PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SYMPTOMS AND THEIR TREATMENT.