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Emergency Pediatric Care

24/7 Children’s Emergency Department in Lucas County

Emergency pediatricians specialize in treating infants, children, and adolescents experiencing sudden injuries or illnesses. They diagnose and treat all manner of illnesses and injuries in young patients, even patients who are young and potentially uncooperative because of a fear of being in the emergency department. Our compassionate emergency pediatricians can help soothe your child’s nerves as they start the healing process.

Should I take my child to the ER?

It’s important to seek emergency medical attention for a child so their condition doesn’t progress or get worse and potentially cause permanent harm. Symptoms of a serious medical emergency include:

  • Sudden and unusual changes in behavior, such as apathy.
  • Complaint of severe pain.
  • Having an allergic reaction.
  • Loss of alertness or consciousness.
  • Rhythmic jerking.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Turning blue.
  • Having a high fever.
  • Experiencing a head injury.
  • Ingesting a toxic substance.
  • Complications of a chronic illness.
  • Lacerations or open wounds.
  • Foreign objects needing to be removed.
  • Being bitten by an animal or stung by an insect.
  • Having a severe injury accident from a car wreck, fall, burn, choking, drowning, electric shock, and so on.

Preparing for the Emergency Room

It’s a good idea for parents to keep a list handy of their child’s medication and medical history in case a medical emergency occurs. Remember, too, to bring your health insurance card, emergency contact information, and inform the emergency department of your child’s primary pediatrician. Be prepared to give your child’s emergency pediatrician a complete run-down of what led you to take your child to the emergency room.

As a parent, you are your child’s best advocate, so if you feel the need to speak up, don’t hesitate to ask any questions or voice your concerns. No question is a silly one regarding your child’s health and well-being, so make sure you speak up if you feel the need, especially if you have questions about aftercare once your child is released from the ER. Once you and your child go home, you should call your child’s regular pediatrician to let them know about what happened at the ER, because it’s likely they will ask to see your child for a follow-up appointment to check on their health.

With emergency and urgent care under one roof, we make it easy for your child to get the level of care they need. Our emergency room is open 24/7 and our urgent care is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.