When to Seek Immediate Care

Guidelines cannot be absolute, so trust your own judgment.  Certainly call if you are unsure about any problem your child is having. The following are some examples of problems requiring prompt medical attention:

Ingestion

Ingestion of poison, medicine, household products, or any  other potentially harmful substance. Call the Poison Control Hotline immediately- 1-800-682-9211. Keep number posted near all telephones in home.

Injuries

Injuries, particularly multiple injuries, severe cuts,  injuries to the hand or eye, dog or human bites, head injuries which cause unconsciousness, recurrent vomiting or changes in mental status.

Burns

Burns larger than an inch diameter. Any severe burn to the hand or face.

Fever

Fever over 100.4 rectal in any infant less than 3 months old or over 104 rectal in older children. Call if your child is ill-appearing, even if the fever is low-grade.

Persistent vomiting

Persistent vomiting and signs of dehydration

Rashes

Rashes with purple coloration or associated with fever.