How do you know if you are having an emergency?
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recommends anyone with the following symptoms seek immediate medical attention:
Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
Unusual abdominal pain
Fainting, dizziness, weakness
Changes in vision
Confusion or changes in mental status
Sudden or severe pain
Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
Coughing or vomiting blood
Anyone who thinks they may be having an emergency should get to a hospital emergency department as quickly as possible, either by their own means or by dialing 9-1-1 for an ambulance. With children, ACEP recommends erring on the side of caution. Symptoms that may not be serious in an adult may be very serious in a child. The rule of thumb is always to seek medical attention if you think your child is having a medical emergency.