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Emergency Care and First Aid

Do you know what to do in a medical emergency? Here are tips, guides, and action steps to help you prepare, just in case.

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  • Emergencies: What to Know

    In an emergency, could you remember important information about your child's health? What information should you have close by, just in case? 

    Be Prepared

  • First Aid & More

    Can you treat a nosebleed? Do you know how to splint a broken bone? Whether it's an emergency or not, these guides help you deal with common childhood mishaps and illnesses.

    Read our Guides

  • What Happens in the Emergency Room? 

    What should you do before going to the emergency room? What happens when you get there?

    Going to the ER

  • Being Prepared: First-Aid Kit

    Adhesive bandages? Check. Alcohol wipes? Check. What else should be in a first-aid kit?

    Build a First-Aid Kit

  • When and How to Use 911

    Does your child know how to use 911? Teaching kids how to use 911 is one of the easiest — and most important — lessons you'll ever share.

    About 911

Be Ready — Just in Case

Can you take a temperature? Do you know CPR? Knowing what to do ahead of time — and how to do it — can save lives.

Taking a Temperature

Taking a temperature is easy, but do you how to do it safely and accurately?

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Taking a Pulse

What's the best way to take a child's pulse?

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Learning CPR

Knowing CPR can save a child's life by restoring breathing and circulation until medical help arrives.

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Keeping a Medical History

Keeping a record of your kids' health info can help doctors make quicker diagnoses and decisions during an emergency, when every second counts.

See what to do

Emergencies Q&A


    Quick action will help your child during a serious allergic reaction. Here's how any parent of a child with a serious allergy can be prepared. 

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    Any child who might have a concussion should be checked out by their doctor or at the emergency room (ER). But it's OK to allow the child to fall asleep. In fact, especially for young kids, it can be hard to keep them awake.

    After any hit to the head, though, a child who falls asleep and can't be wakened needs emergency medical care. Get help right away if that happens.

    Learn more about concussions

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