Emergency Room Do’s and Don’ts

Emergency Dos Donts

If you need to visit the emergency room with a child, here are some tips from Dr. Courtney Mann, medical director at WakeMed Children’s Emergency Department, to help the trip go as smoothly as possible:

– DON’T eat on the way. A full stomach can delay some treatments that require sedation.

– DON’T take siblings if possible. One-on-one focus with the injured child will help keep your child relaxed.

– DO try to stay calm. Parent anxiety is contagious.

– DO pack small items to keep a child busy. A book or handheld game can help kids pass the time.

– DO take necessary medicines. You can never tell how long you and your child will be, so carry medications that are needed on a regular, long-term basis.

– DO practice patience. Emergency room patients are triaged according to severity, not first-come, first-served order.

– DO speak up. Let someone know if your child’s condition gets worse while you are waiting.

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