Ask an Expert: Are You Prepared for an ER Visit?

By its very definition, an emergency is an unplanned event. While emergencies may be unavoidable, a little advance preparation can make a visit to the emergnecy room a little easier.

The emergency staff will ask for a brief summary of your child’s medical history. Parents and primary caregivers should be up-to-date on their children’s medical histories. It makes a lot of sense for both parents to keep a list of each child’s allergies, medicines and basic health history in their wallets.

That list should also be given to the babysitter along with a written statement signed by the parents giving permission to treat the child. (Of course, we will treat any child without waiting for a note if the child is dangerously ill or in severe pain.)