Should I Take My Child to an Emergency Department or Pediatrician?

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Should I Take My Child to an Emergency Department or Pediatrician?

Q: My child is injured. Should I take her to a hospital emergency department or call our pediatrician?

A: You want to take your child to a hospital emergency department (or call 911) for any head or neck injury. Also, they need immediate medical attention if they develop:

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  • A deformity
  • Swelling
  • Loss of motion in an injured arm or leg
  • Loss of consciousness

If your child is doing relatively OK but has minor aches, pains, bumps or bruises, then you can schedule a visit with a physician or pediatrician.

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Paul Saluan, MD

Paul Saluan, MD

Paul Saluan, MD, holds joint appointments in the Cleveland Clinic Center for Sports Health and Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.
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