When should you take toddler to the ER?

Published On: Sep 26 2012 04:26:02 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 08 2012 04:42:49 PM EDT

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A fever that doesn't go down with treatment, or that lasts more than five days, may be signs of a strong infection like bacterial pneumonia.

Parents often struggle to determine when to make a doctor’s appointment for their sick toddler and when they should take them to the emergency room.


It’s recommended that you first call your pediatrician and seek his or her advice, as they will be able to guide you as to what type of care your child needs. They will also be able to call the hospital and let them know you’re on your way in case of an emergency.


Some issues typically require emergency room attention. Severe burns, choking, trouble breathing, head injuries and poisoning require immediate medical attention.   


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