When to Avoid the Emergency Room

by Stephanie Wood

When to Avoid the Emergency Room

In the following circumstances, your child may not need the emergency room, says Decatur, Georgia’s Martin Belson, M.D., a pediatric emergency room physician. Call your baby’s doctor first for:

• A dog bite by a familiar dog (intact skin)

• A fall or blow to the head without loss of consciousness, vomiting, or swelling

• A burn that isn’t on the hands or feet, if the skin isn’t charred or blistered

• A minor cut if you’ve been able to stop the bleeding and get the dirt out