CALL 911 in the case of LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY such as:
- Increasing trouble breathing
- Blue or pale lips
- First-time seizure
- Loss of consciousness in which the child is not regaining consciousness, or the child is not responding to voice and touch.
In the case of non-life threatening emergency, take your child to Cincinnati Children’s Emergency Room or call our office at (513)922-8200 during office hours to speak to a nurse. Outside of normal business hours, your call will be directed to a nurse triage service who will instruct you on further course of action. Be advised that this line is for emergent situations and will be assessed a $20 fee.
Examples of possible reasons for an urgent call or ED visit (this list is meant to be helpful but is not exhaustive):
- Acting strangely or becoming more withdrawn and not responding
- Purple rash with fever (petechiae or purpura)
- Stiff neck with fever
- Trouble or increased work of breathing
- Increasing or persistent severe pain
- Cut that is large or deep
- Bleeding that does not stop after 5 minutes of applying pressure
- A burn that is large and/or involves the hands, feet, face, chest, or groin.
- Any loss of consciousness, headache, vomiting, or confusion after a head injury
- Fever over 100.4 in an infant under 3 months of age
- Extreme fussiness to the point of inconsolability in an infant
- In the case of Poisoning, call 1(800)222-1222
We recommend Cincinnati Children’s Emergency Room for emergencies and Cincinnati Children’s Urgent Care for after-hours care that cannot wait.