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Childhood Emergencies

Keeping children healthy and safe is every parent’s No. 1 priority—a tough task when you consider all the germs and potential safety hazards kids encounter every day. But arming yourself with the facts and tools to prevent, recognize and address a childhood emergency is the first step in keeping your child healthy and safe. Here you will find emergency and health information for infants to adolescents.

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- 10/15/2015

If an emergency happens in your family, the first few minutes may be crucial. Here’s how to prepare for the unexpected. 

A little knowledge can help parents deal with a dangerous thing: Bacterial meningitis. It's a scary disease because it's not only life-threatening, but difficult to recognize, especially in the very young.

- 5/13/2015

Protecting Children From Abuse: What To Look For Normal, active children can get bruises and cuts from playing outside, but certain signs may indicate a child is being abused.

- 7/10/2015

Advice for Parents Simple fever-related (or febrile) seizures are common among children under age

You want your home to be a safe haven for your children, but their simple curiosity may lead them to explore dangerous territory, even in their own homes. About 4.5 million children are injured in the home each year.

Children And Fevers: What Parents Should Know The more a parent knows about a child's special

Parents whose children have special health care needs already have a lot to cope with. Care of children with chronic medical illnesses or disabilities especially can be difficult in a medical emergency.

Few sounds are more alarming than that of a child who is choking. Understanding how to prevent choking, as well as what to do when choking occurs, can save a life.

No one is more qualified to care for children in a medical emergency than emergency physicians. They receive comprehensive training in treating childhood emergencies and have more training in pediatric emergencies than other physicians, including pediatricians.

The nation's emergency physician surge parents and school staff to get on the same page when it comes to a child food allergies - especially as kids gear up for the new school year.

How can you tell whether your child is using illegal drugs? In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 and older or 9.2% of the population had used an illicit drug (SAMHSA)

To ensure that students of all ages go to class in the best possible health, the nation’s emergency physicians are advising parents and guardians to do a little homework of their own and go through a back-to-school health check list.

- 5/14/2015

You count your home to be a safe haven for your children, but their simple curiosity may lead them to explore dangerous territory, even in their own homes,

A 6-year-old child who accidentally swallowed liquid nicotine intended for her parents’ electronic cigarettes required immediate emergency medical treatment that included intubation and an overnight stay in a pediatric intensive care unit. The unique case report was reported online in Annals of Emergency Medicine. 

Emergency physicians have led the way in the advancement of standards and quality emergency care for children around the world.

Playground injuries are usually a minor cut or a scrape, but sometimes they can be more serious even fatal. Every year, emergency physicians see more than 200,000 children coming from a playground with head, neck and spinal cord injuries, internal

A child is accidentally poisoned every 30 seconds, and more than half of these poisonings occur at home to children under age 5.

The nation’s emergency physicians handle tragic situations too often, but few things are more upsetting than the sudden death of a child — killed by a piece of a furniture, appliance or a television falling on them.

Require your child to wear a helmet whenever riding a scooter. Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent

A trip to the emergency department for a sick or injured child doesn’t have to be a scary experience.

Doctors are urging parents to educate themselves about how to talk with their teenagers about alcohol.

Because their bodies are not finished growing and developing, children's medical problems often differ from those of adults. In addition, they may display different signs and symptoms from adults when they become injured or sick, and their treatments may differ too.

Care of children in America is better today than ever before. More than 30 million children each year receive acute and life-saving care in the nation's emergency departments.