When your child suddenly falls ill, you may feel like there is nothing you can do to help them. This feeling of helplessness can make the situation worse for both you and your child. Here are some tips that will guide you through an emergency medical preparedness plan for if this unfortunate event occurs:
Know Where To Get Help At A Moment’s Notice
If your child becomes ill, the last thing you want to do is wait to see if they get better. Instead, you need immediate care, and urgent care facilities give precisely that kind of service. Identify all of the medical facilities within a reasonable distance from your home and place that you can go to. The more options available, the better chance you have in finding one that is open at any given time with adequate staff members on hand. Next, determine which nearby hospitals are equipped for immediate surgery if needed and know how long it will take to get there.
Have A List Of Emergency Contacts On Hand
While you may be familiar with the family members, friends, and neighbors that could potentially help out in an urgent situation, it is vital to have a list of emergency contacts on hand. This should include local numbers (i.e., pediatricians office) and long-distance ones (i.e., parents or close relatives). If you have a list of local contacts that your child is familiar with, then chances are they will be more apt to go along with urgent help if needed.
In addition to having the numbers on hand, it may also be beneficial to add contact information for any close family or friends who live further away. In this way, you can quickly communicate what is going on, and they can mobilize to help as soon as possible.
Carry A First-Aid Kit In Case Of Emergencies
In case of an emergency, you should always be prepared. Carry a first-aid kit with you when going out to handle emergencies and accidents that might occur in the event of a medical crisis. Whether traveling or at home, ensure that your first-aid kit is stocked and ready for use.
Be Aware Of Any Allergy Symptoms
Allergies are serious, and you should always know what they are. If your child’s allergies are severe, it might be a good idea to carry an EpiPen with you at all times in case of accidental exposure. Allergy symptoms may include; Hives/rashes, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing or wheezing, fast heartbeat, and pulse.
If you are ever in doubt about an allergy symptom your child is exhibiting, it never hurts to administer Benadryl. This will not only help with an allergic reaction, but it helps to calm the child down.
If your child suddenly becomes ill, it is crucial to have an emergency medical preparedness plan in place. It would help if you discussed this with your doctor so that you can be as well-prepared as possible for any potential emergencies. In addition, the Red Cross offers several courses on first aid and CPR on their website to help ensure that you know what you need to do in an emergency.
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