Every parent knows the terror of wondering whether to take their child to the Emergency Room. Most parents err on the side of caution, and for good reason. No one wants to risk their child's life.
But where exactly to draw the line is something we all wish we knew, because an ER visit is no pleasant experience. It take up a whole day, and it's not uncommon to sit around for hours only to be seen for 5 minutes and told you're over-reacting.
Here's a handy guide from the site Top Nursing Programs that should help all the uncertain parents out there make informed decisions the next time they are wondering whether to go or not.
Some of the more interesting points that I had been unaware of regarding ER visits:
- Chest pain is not a good reason to go the ER unless accompanied by nausea, sweating, or shortness of breath, or a history of diabetes or heart disease.
- Back pain alone is never a good reason to go to the emergency room
- It is good to go the ER if you are experiencing homicidal or suicidal feelings.
- Severe reactions to insect stings are good reason to go to the emergency room
Did you learn anything from this guide? Was it helpful? Let us know in the comments.