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When to Be Concerned

Often, we are asked by parents – “When do I know it’s time to bring my child into the emergency department for an evaluation?” Here’s a list of indicators telling you it may be time to do just that:

  • Any injury or trauma-related concern (i.e. a fall at the playground or a deep cut)
  • Dehydration - if your child has not urinated in a long time or has dry lips
  • Excessive tiredness - if your child is not active or interactive
  • Fever - if your child has had a fever for 24 to 48 hours that cannot be reduced with standard medication (i.e. Tylenol or Motrin)
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Visit the following link for additional advice from our Children’s Emergency department, including what to bring and how to plan ahead.