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What should you do when your child falls and gets a bump on the head? Do you need to go to the emergency department now? Is the croupy cough that just started serious? These are questions that all of us have. And frequently they arise in the evenings and weekend when your doctor's office is closed.

Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker is designed especially for these times. The topics help you make appropriate decisions on what level of medical care (if any) is needed and how to provide symptom relief for minor illnesses and injuries at home.

You can select any of the 97 Pediatric Topics.

When to Call Your Doctor is provided for each topic. By using the decision chart and your common sense, you should be able to select one of the five following Action (recommended response) categories:

  • Call 911 Now (your child may need an ambulance)
  • Call Your Doctor Now (night or day)
  • Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm)
  • Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours
  • Parent Care at Home

If you think that your child is having a medical emergency, call 911 or the number for the local emergency ambulance service NOW!

And when in doubt, call your doctor NOW or go to the closest emergency department.

Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.

Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker

Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker