Emergency Care For You

The American Medicine Chest Challenge

The American College of Emergency Physicians, a national sponsor of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, is educating the public about safe disposal of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications in order to reduce the threat of drug abuse by children.

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Warning Signs of Childhood Emergencies

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

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Talking With Teens About Alcohol

Parents are the first line of defense against underage drinking and a booklet from MADD helps guide parents through these conversations with their kids.

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Taking a Child to the ER

A trip to the emergency department for a sick or injured child doesn’t have to be a scary experience. It’s the responsibility of a parent or guardian to prepare for the visit ahead of time.

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Scooter Safety for Kids

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

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Prevent Tipping Furniture from Injuring or Killing Young Children

It can happen in a matter of seconds probably in anyone’s home. Every parent or guardian of a young child should look around their homes and imagine what could tip over, fall off walls and injure a child.

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Poison: How To Protect Your Child

A child is accidentally poisoned every 30 seconds, and more than half of these poisonings occur at home to children under age 5. It's important to remember that young children need to be closely supervised at all times.

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Pediatric Emergency Care: A Decade of Advancements

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.

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More Than 200,000 Kids Treated in ERs Each Year for Playground-Related Injuries

Many playground injuries can be avoided if parents are mindful about the risks and teach children to obey safety rules

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Liquid Nicotine for Electronic Cigarettes Toxic for Kids

As electronic cigarette use proliferates, children are now increasingly at risk of toxicity from ingestions of much larger quantities of nicotine from highly concentrated refill liquid

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Injury Prevention

About 4.5 million children are injured in the home each year. Taking some simple, preventive measures could help keep their unbridled curiosity in check and prevent many of these injuries from occurring.

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Homework for Parents — Your Child's Back-To-School Health Checklist

For many, the focus is on back to school clothes and supplies, which is important. But it’s equally, if not more important to also take time to schedule routine doctor visits and to make sure that your child’s health information is all organized.

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Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

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).

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Does Your Child's School Know About Food Allergies?

While there are no cures for food allergies, there are things to do to keep them under control. Staying away from food allergens is really the only way to completely prevent a reaction from occurring. But that's not always possible.

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Choking: What to Do for an Infant

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.

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Children With Special Health Care Needs

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.

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Children and Fevers: What Parents Should Know

The more a parent knows about a child's special health needs, the more effective he or she will be when responding to an illness or emergency.

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Childproofing Your Home

Taking some simple, preventive measures could help keep children's unbridled curiosity in check and prevent many injuries from occurring.

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Childhood Seizures

Simple fever-related (or febrile) seizures are common among children under age 5. Although these seizures can be frightening to parents and other caretakers, they are generally harmless.

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Bacterial Meningitis: What Every Parent Should Know

Bacterial meningitis is a scary disease because it's not only life-threatening, but difficult to recognize, especially in the very young.

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10 ER Tips for Moms

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

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Children with Special Health Care Needs

Up to 13 percent of children under age 18, or 9.4 million children, are living with chronic medical conditions.

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Childproofing Your House Prevents Injury and Saves Lives

Any new parent quickly learns that a toddler is into everything. It only takes a quick second for that child to get out of your sight and around something potentially dangerous.

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