If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
All of our Medical City ERs have experienced staff ready and able to help children with their emergency needs. And many of our hospitals offer dedicated pediatric rooms, specially designed to put children and their families at ease.
Tummy aches can be a regular part of growing up. But severe pain, mild pain that lasts, or stomach pain that’s consistent to one area (like the lower right side of the belly), that goes along with fever or vomiting, or that make the child inconsolable, should be checked out as soon as possible.
When is a fever cause for alarm (or an ER visit)? A rectal temp of 100.4°F in babies under 3 months or 102.2°F in kids 3 months to 3 years. For older kids, it depends on their other symptoms and behavior.
A little cough or cold is probably nothing to worry about, but wheezing or severe coughing should be checked out by a doctor right away. For trouble breathing, call 9-1-1. EMTs can start emergency treatment before kids reach the hospital.
Kids feel pain differently than adults: The smallest cut can lead to the loudest howls, while the more serious head injury or broken bone generates a lot less fuss. Why wonder? Our pediatric ER team can get answers fast and get kids on the road to healing.
Not every ache, pain or concern will send you to an ER, but here are some symptoms you should always take seriously (and to the nearest emergency room). But don’t worry, we’re removing the wait across our ERs to make sure you get the help you need fast.
If something tells you your stomach pain is serious, listen to your “gut.” If pain is severe or comes with stomach tenderness, vomiting or dizziness—call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest ER.
Sometimes back pain isn’t about your back at all. If it’s continuous, severe or comes with a high fever, leg weakness or loss of bladder/bowel control, seek out an emergency room.
We probably don’t need to tell you to call 9-1-1 or head to the nearest ER if you’re having trouble breathing—but we just did.
If you think it might be broken…or a bump to the head leads to dizziness, nausea or unconsciousness…or it just plain hurts, a lot, anywhere—head to the ER to get checked out.