What you need to know in an emergency.
When there is an emergency it is important to have information at your fingertips. You may not remember it all in an emergency. It takes just a short amount of time to compile an information sheet either on the computer or in a book designated to your child. This can save critical minutes and help medical personnel to make quicker decisions.
What should be on it?
- Your address. If a babysitter or family member is caring for your child they may not know your address if they call 911. This is especially important since most calls are now made using cell phones.
- Instructions on how to reach you quickly. Give phone numbers and back up numbers.
- Your child’s doctor, any specialists caring for him/her, dentist name, address, and phone number.
- Allergies. This is important as it could help emergency teams to find a cause for a problem. It is also important to know if your child has medication allergies.
- Health problems or pre-existing illness such as diabetes or history of seizures, asthma etc.
- Any surgeries and the dates.
- Immunizations. You can obtain the most up to date record from the doctor’s office. This is important if your child for example got a bite and the skin is broken. It is important to know that the tetanus is up to date.
- Most recent weight. This helps when calculating medication dosages.
- A list of medications including dosages. This is important since certain medications can react with each other.
- Family history, this may help when making a diagnosis of the current illness.
- Poison control phone number. 1-800-222-1222.
Keep an up to date First Aid Kit in your home and in your car. Make sure everyone caring for your children know where it is.
If it has been more than 2 years since you and your child’s caregivers have taken a CPR/First Aid course it’s time to schedule a refresher.
Remember to stay calm in emergencies and remember “Every Second Counts”.