What Constitutes a Medical Emergency?
When your child has a minor illness or injury, your pediatrician is the best place to go to get care from a team that knows your family. In the case of a medical emergency, however, your child needs the kind of assistance that paramedics, an emergency room or an urgent care are best suited to provide. But how do you know what constitutes a “medical emergency?”
Keep in mind that if you are unsure about how serious your child’s medical condition is but are concerned that it might be life threatening, a call to 911 is always a good idea. The following guidelines can help give you a sense of what kind of action you need to take.