By Barbara Brody
No one wants to get stuck in a crowded ER unnecessarily. We asked Jennifer Trachtenberg, MD, author of The Smart Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses and Accidents, for some guidance to help you decide whether to make the trip. Prevent serious injury with a bicycle helmet that fits properly.
|IF YOUR CHILD...||GO TO THE ER IF...||OTHERWISE...|
Swallowed something that
might be poisonous
He ingested a large amount (like a whole bottle of vitamins or container
of detergent as opposed to a few
pills or sips).
|Call Poison Control at 800-222-1222 (save this number!). They'll ask you what and how much he ingested, his age, height, weight, etc., and then tell you whether you should go to the ER or just monitor him for specific side effects.|
|Cut herself||She's losing a lot of blood (it's spurting out or|