The holidays are a busy time for emergency departments. Sometimes, your child’s illness is best treated by seeing a family physician or visiting a walk-in clinic. If you’re unsure what health-care provider is best, try calling HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 for advice 24/7.
When your child is feeling sick, seeking the right medical treatment is critical to their wellbeing. Here are a few illnesses where we recommend you visit your local Emergency Department:
- If baby is younger than three months and has a temperature of over 38 C and they become lethargic or stop taking fluids
- If your child has a persistent fever for more than four days
- If your child has trouble breathing, specifically if they are taking over 60 breaths per minute or have rapid breathing patterns
- If your child’s vomit is bright green or contains blood
- If your child is unable to drink or has not urinated within 12 hours
- If your child has an injured limb or it looks crooked and swollen and Advil and/or Tylenol is not relieving pain
- If your child has a drug or alcohol overdose
Head injuries can be a serious concern. If your child has fallen over five feet, if your child has lost consciousness, is vomiting after a head injury, or if your baby is under three months old and has a visible bump after a head injury—all should be assessed by a health-care provider urgently. Most head injures require immediate medical attention and the Emergency Department is a good first step to seek treatment.
If your child is thinking about or trying to end their life, get urgent help by calling 9-1-1 or 1-800-SUICIDE.