Communicating with your pediatrician when your child goes to the ER

Taking your child to the emergency room can be an anxious experience, and you may wonder what role his or her pediatrician should play in your decision to get emergency care. How and when you communicate with your child’s pediatrician when you go to the ER depends on several different factors, including how urgent his or her symptoms are. Here is what you need to know.

Don’t delay care

Although there can be advantages to checking in with your child’s pediatrician before going to the emergency room, you should never delay care to do so. As mentioned in the featured video, if your child is having symptoms that require immediate treatment, calling 911 or getting to the emergency room right away is the priority.

If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, go to the ER before calling his or her pediatrician:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion/changes in mental status
  • Severe bleeding
  • Traumatic injury

If you are unable to call your child’s pediatrician before going to the ER, the hospital will provide his or her doctor will a record of the visit to review.

Communicate if you can

If it won’t jeopardize your child’s health, it can be helpful to call his or her pediatrician before going to the emergency room, especially if you are going to the hospital for treatment for a problem for which your child has previously seen the doctor.

For example, if your child receives regular care for a chronic condition, such as asthma or diabetes, and he or she is going to the hospital for a problem related to that condition, you may wish to call the pediatrician. The same is true for an acute condition for which your child has already seen his or her doctor, such as a bout of the flu or a chest infection.

Your child’s pediatrician can provide health records to the hospital before you arrive that can speed up the emergency care he or she receives.

At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center , our emergency room is available around the clock to provide immediate care to your entire family, including comprehensive follow-ups to coordinate continued care with your primary physician. To find out more about all of the services at our hospital in Thousand Oaks, please call (877) 888-5746.

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