CHOC Children's Emergency Department :: What to Pack
The decision to take a sick or injured child to the Emergency Department (ED) usually must be made quickly, but if you have some time, consider bringing along a few items that could prove helpful during the visit:
- Diapers, formula and other baby supplies.
- Any special medical equipment (such as feeding tubes and formula) the child may need while in the ED.
- A list of any medicines your child takes.
- Any referral paperwork, X-rays or lab results.
- A blanket, stuffed animal, favorite toy or anything else that will comfort the child.
- Personal necessities, such as a cellular phone charger and change for the pay phone.
Though documentation is not necessary, it’s important to know the following information when you visit the ED:
- If the child is current on his or her immunizations.
- The child’s primary physician.
- The child’s medical history.
Here’s what not to bring to the ED:
- Food or drink is not allowed in the ED, and consuming anything before treatment can put a child at risk.
- If possible, try to make childcare arrangements for infant siblings during influenza season. Babies are at particular risk for contracting the flu.