Introduction  

What should you do when your child falls and gets a bump on the head? Is the croupy cough that just started serious? Do you need to go to the emergency department now? Should you be worried about the sinus congestion that has been present for three days? These are questions that all of us have. Often they come up in the evenings and weekends when your doctor's office is closed.

Pediatric Symptom Checker is designed especially for these times. The Care Guides help you make better decisions about what level of medical care (if any) is needed. They also give you advice on how to treat minor illnesses and injuries at home.

Your doctor's advice and your good judgment should always take precedence over information in these Care Guides.

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: Child Symptom Checker

Child Symptom Checker

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