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Pediatric Emergency

Pediatrics

There's no worse feeling than when your child is sick or hurt. We know accidents happen, and our highly-trained pediatric emergency specialists are ready to care for your child 24/7 and 365 days a year (and 366 days on leap years).

This page is for our littlest patients.

If you have a medical emergency, please go to the nearest emergency department for treatment.

A place all your own

Our pediatric emergency room has a separate waiting area designed just for kids. It is led by our compassionate nurses and doctors who have that "magic touch" when caring for kids.

There's also a play area with fun activities to keep your child busy and dedicated private rooms where you can comfort and soothe your child. Even the testing, treatments and procedures are designed and decorated to ease your child's fears and lessen their worries.

Barbara English, RN, examines pediatric patient with a stethoscope in a bay bed in the pediatric emergency room at Tufts Medical Center.
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Conditions

Emergency conditions

If your child is experiencing an emergency or any of the following symptoms, dial 911 and seek medical attention immediately.

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe burns
  • Sudden slurred speech
  • Uncontrolled bleeding

When your little one isn't feeling quite right, you should contact their primary care doctor first. Their primary care doctor can advise you on how to care for them.

Urgent care may be necessary if your doctor is unavailable, your child needs immediate attention, or if recommended by your doctor.

Where to go for care

When to call your child's primary care physician

When your little one is unwell but does not need emergency care, their primary care doctor is a great place to start. They can provide guidance and care for minor issues like sore throats, earaches, rashes and minor cuts, and any other conditions they already partner with you to manage. They typically have a few appointments a day put aside for sick or urgent concerns. Because they you and your child so well they can provide personalized guidance to help your kid feel better as soon as possible.

When to go to an urgent care center

You should visit an urgent care center when you have a health issue and your primary care physician is unavailable. Urgent care treats non-emergency conditions.

When to go to the emergency department

Visit an emergency department if you need immediate care for an emergency condition. Call 911 immediately if you have a life-threatening situation, such as chest pain, severe bleeding, difficulty speaking or breathing, thoughts of self-harm or other major trauma.

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Testing

You can trust our pediatric emergency specialists to get a complete picture of your child's health. We may turn to the following tests to better understand your child's condition such as:

  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • X-ray
  • Bloodwork
  • Urine analysis (urine test)
  • Other laboratory tests
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Ultrasound
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Treatments

You can rest assured that our team of doctors and nurses provide the highest level of care and concern to every child. They will keep you informed every step of the way, explain your child's diagnosis, recommend a treatment plan, listen to your concerns, and answer any questions you may have. The treatments we offer include:

  • Casting and splinting
  • IV fluids
  • Medications
  • Stitches
  • Surgery
Anasuya Gunturi MD, PhD talks with patient at Lowell General Hospital's Women's Wellness Center clinic appointment.
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