Westside Regional Medical Center
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Founded in 1974, our facility provides comprehensive healthcare to the residents of Broward County.

Helpful Strategies for Bringing Your Child to the ER

Although the ER may not be the destination of choice for families, you may find peace of mind knowing that the kid-friendly Emergency Room at Westside Regional Medical Center offers top-notch care in a soothing environment. If your child does suffer a medical emergency, you may find the following tips to be helpful.

Get Organized

Since emergencies are unpredictable by nature, it’s best to be prepared for them to occur at any time. Keep your family’s medical records organized and easily accessible. Ideally, you should keep updated lists of your child’s medications and dosages, medical conditions, allergies, previous hospitalizations, and major illnesses. Keep the family pediatrician’s name and contact information readily available, along with the contact information of any specialists from whom your child may be receiving care.

Be Prepared

Not all medical emergencies occur in the home or in the presence of parents. Be prepared for your child to need medical care while with a babysitter or other caregiver. You can fill out consent-to-treat forms in advance. Along with your child’s important medical information, you can provide these forms to trusted individuals who watch over your child.

Know When to Call 911

In many cases, it’s fine to drive your child to the ER yourself. However, if you suspect that your child has a life-threatening medical emergency, you should call 911 right away. Some potentially life-threatening emergencies include severe allergic reactions, respiratory distress, seizures, and loss of consciousness.

Know What Not to Do

When you do take your child to the ER, refrain from giving him or her snacks or beverages, including water. This is because your child may require sedatives. Ask the ER physician if it’s okay to give your child something to drink or eat.

If your child requires emergency care in the Plantation, FL, area, you can turn to the pediatric ER staff at Westside Regional Medical Center. Our emergency care department includes a private ER room just for kids to help them feel more comfortable in a hospital setting. You can direct non-emergent questions to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (954) 722-9933.