Pediatric Emergencies

Community First Emergency Room

Everything you need to know before taking your child to the emergency room. As a parent, we always want the best for our children, this is especially true regarding their health care. When a problem arises, it is sometimes difficult to know the best course of action: wait for an appointment with the pediatrician or seek immediate treatment at an urgent or emergency care facility.

When Should I Take My Child to the Emergency Room?

Common Reasons to consider a Trip to the Emergency Room

Fever, Rash, Inconsolable crying (fussiness), Increase sleepiness (drowsinesss) Vomiting, Diarrhea, Dehydration Cough, Congestion, Wheezing, Shortness of breath Sore throat, Trouble swallowing, Decrease eating/drinking Headache, Chest Pain, Abdominal Pain Injuries, Fall, Motor Vehicle Accident Fractures, Lacerations, Bleeding

Visiting the ER When My Child Has a Fever

Among the top concerns for parents is when their child has a fever. Fever in itself is not a medical ailment but is the body’s response to fighting an infection. Nonetheless, they are uncomfortable and unsettled. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), you may want to consider taking your child to the emergency room if they present any of the following along with a fever:

  • Is overly fussy or unusually drowsy
  • Presenting with other symptoms, including a stiff neck, headache, sore throat, ear pain, rash, or repeated vomiting or diarrhea
  • Is showing signs of dehydration, which can include dry mouth and decreased wet diapers, decreased energy level or (less active).
  • Already has an immune-compromising condition, such as sickle cell or cancer, or is on steroids
  • Experienced a seizure
  • Has a fever of 100.4°F and is younger than 3 months of age
  • Has a fever that persists at or over 104°F for a child at any age  

Other Conditions that Warrant a Trip to the Emergency Room

Aside from running a high fever, several other situations require a visit to the emergency room.  If your child has a significant injury or worsening illness or allergy consider a visit to the nearest emergency room.  Consider these scenarios as appropriate time to visit the ER:

 
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Extensive or complicated cuts or lacerations
  • Fainting or head injury with loss of consciousness or disorientation
  • Loss of vision
  • Major fracture of a bone that breaks the skin
  • Seizures if a child is not known to have epilepsy
  • Serious burns
  • Snake bites or other life-threatening insect bites
  • Vomiting or coughing up blood
  • Sudden shortness of breath

Community First ER is a pediatric-friendly ER, equipped to evaluate, diagnose, and treat children of all ages.

Steps to Take Before Taking Your Child to the Emergency Room

The AAP recommends you take specific steps before taking your child to the emergency room:  

  • Have your child’s medical history and list of medications at the ready: Be prepared to provide the following critical pieces of information upon your arrival to the emergency room:
  • Health insurance
  • Pediatrician and contact information
  • Any known allergies
  • Medical history, including any surgery
  • List of any medications your child is currently taking
  • Grab a comfort item: If your child has a favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or toy, bring it along with them. It will provide something familiar in an unfamiliar setting and help ease anxiety. Note: Our facility can provide these items if needed.
  • Notify your pediatrician: After your ER visit, make sure to close the loop with your child’s pediatrician. You will receive a report from our emergency room which will include all reports for any tests that were ran. You should take this to your pediatrician at your follow up visit.

What to Expect

Taking your child to the emergency room may be scary and overwhelming to him or her. We will do everything we can to make your visit less stressful. Here’s what you can expect from us at Community First ER.

  • No appointment required – If you need us, we’ll be here. You do not need to call ahead; walk-ins are welcome. We are open 24/7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • No wait times – Upon arrival, we will assess your child’s symptoms and get them seen as quickly as possible.
  • Fast service and compassionate care –We realize you are coming to see us under stressful circumstances. Our caring staff will treat your child thoroughly with compassionate care.
  • Transportation to a hospital – should your child’s condition warrant a higher level of care at a specialty hospital, our team can make those arrangements for transfer via our ambulance or helipad services.

 

We’re Taking Above-Level COVID-19 Precautions

Strep throat, mononucleosis, and the flu are all potentially serious illnesses. The flu and mono are caused by viruses while strep is a bacterial infection. They present various symptoms that include fever, sore throat, swollen tonsils, and headache. Strep and flu are usually tested using a swab taken from the mouth. Mono is tested using a blood sample.

  • Blood Testing
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Cultures
  • Cardiac Enzyme Analysis
  • Strep, Mono and Influenza Testing

Do you have questions about the services that our emergency room provides? Call our office today. We put your health first at Community First Emergency Room