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Emergency Care for Children at Mary Washington Healthcare

Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable medical professionals 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 who 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
  • Seizures
  • 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.

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