Planning Ahead

Children's Health

Preparing for an emergency

Taking your child to the emergency room is often unexpected and can be scary for you and your child. You may panic in the moment, and your mind may go a million directions. If you plan for an emergency, it could help reduce your stress and give you a few less things to think about so you can focus on getting your child the care he needs.

Before an emergency even happens, pack a bag, place it in an easy-to-find location and have it ready to go when you are in a hurry. Because you don’t know whether your child could be admitted, here are some things to pack in the bag:

  • Directions to Parkview Children’s Emergency Care (whether you are meeting an ambulance at the facility or driving your child to the facility).
    Printable campus map

  • An extra outfit for your child (shirt, pants or shorts, socks, underwear and shoes)

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap

  • Snacks (non-perishable goods such as crackers, chips, cookies, trail mix, etc.)

  • Bottled water or other bottled beverages

  • Reading material

  • Activities for your child (coloring book and crayons, action figures)

  • Change for vending machines

  • Cash for unexpected purchases

  • A medical history (medications your child is currently taking, allergies, history of hospitalizations, previous surgeries, illnesses, immunization record)

  • Copy of your insurance card

  • Notebook and pens

  • Wet wipes

With pediatric emergency certified nurses and the region’s only child life specialists in the emergency room, Parkview Children’s Emergency Care is prepared for your emergency.

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