Pediatric Emergency Services
Emergency Care for Children at Mary Washington Healthcare
Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable medical professionals within
the Mary Washington Healthcare system is proud to provide specialized
care for the youngest patients in our community. Pediatric patients are
cared for by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and specially
trained nurses that understand the unique needs of children.
When to seek care?
Most small injuries may be addressed at home without an emergency room
visit. Sometimes, however, a trip to the hospital emergency room is necessary
in order to obtain urgent treatment.
Generally speaking, it is a good idea to seek emergency care for your child
any time you believe your child needs critical care, or displays any of
the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or coughing up blood / bloody sputum
- Blue / purple skin, lip, or nail bed coloration
- Puncture wounds
- Chest / stomach pressure or pain
- Sudden weakness, dizziness, vision changes
- Mental stage changes, such as unconsciousness, confusion, or trouble waking
- Bites, including snake, dog, animal, or human
- Serious pain / motion loss or sensation loss at any place on the body
- Serious bleeding / bleeding that continues when pressure is applied
- Severe burns / facial burns
- Broken bones / fractures
- Injuries to the head, spinal cord, or eyes
- Possible allergic reactions such as wheezing, hives, facial swelling, lip
swelling, eye region swelling, tongue swelling, fainting, trouble breathing,
or trouble swallowing
Please note that this is not a complete list. Other symptoms and problems
may also necessitate emergency care. Call your child's physician with
any questions or concerns.
Learn More About MWHC Emergency Services