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Taking Children to the Emergency Room

Prepping Junior For the Emergency Room

Sound the alarms! Lil Bobby fell out of a tree and broke his collarbone! Or maybe little Susi swallowed a hair clip. Sooner or later, most every parent will have to take his or her tot to the emergency room for immediate attention. It's only natural that babes suffering broken bones, high fevers and stove burns will be frightened to visit the hospital, but moms and dads can make the experience a bit easier with a few words and tricks from home. On the way there, take a breath from the chaos and explain the process and if you have time so your child knows what to expect. If you have the chance to grab goodies from home bring some snacks and something comforting (think teddy bear, video game, blanket) so your child feels comfortable.

Has your wee one made a trip to the ER yet?

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mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
Oh man, my kid is a clutz and I am just preparing myself for a life of hospital visits for broken bones. I hope I am wrong, but any tips I can get here will be great. When my son was 2 months old, he had a very high temperature and we had to take him to the hospital. We waited pretty much overnight for a room, even though our child was high priority. I always keep my diaper bag prepped for an outing and I'm so glad I did because his travel mobile saved the day!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I would emphasize lil's suggestion on bringing things... if not only to comfort, but to give your little one something to do ! The wait to be seen can be awfully long if your kid isn't in need of immediate attention.
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