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When to Call 911 for Children Ages 1-18

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When to Call 911 for Children Ages 1-18

When your child is sick or hurt, you want to know what to do right away. You also want to know whether you should call your kid’s doctor (pediatrician), take them to an emergency room, or call 911. There are many problems you can take care of yourself at home. But there are other problems where you must get help right away, take your child to an emergency room, or to see the doctor. Some insurance companies offer a nurse health line that you can call and talk to someone to find out what you should do. The following is a list of definite life-threatening emergencies and you need to get help right away—call 911, the fire department, the police, hospital, or poison control.

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Definite Life-threatening Emergencies

Keep the following emergency numbers near the phone

911 — teach your children how to call 911, when they should use it and what they should tell the operator when they get someone on the phone. Make sure your children know their phone number, their full name, and their street address.

First Aid

It is important for adults who are responsible for or have children to learn first aid, and what to do for emergency and life-threatening events until help arrives.

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