If your child’s problem does not require immediate attention, then you will need to wait. Luckily you have some books, toys and/or crayons (see part 1) to help pass the time with your child.
Your child might need an x-ray or other tests, and you might be told that your child should not eat or drink until after the tests are completed.
Your Turn Arrives
Finally you and your child will be called into the examination room. You may have to wait a bit longer until a doctor arrives, and when she does arrive she will ask you about your child’s medical issue, and decide what additional tests are needed in addition to any that have already been done.
When the doctor decides what treatment is needed, most of the time the patient is sent home. On occasion the doctor might decide that your child needs to stay in the hospital, either overnight for observation, or longer for proper treatment, depending on the medical issue.
If you do go home the ER doctor might tell you that your child should be examined by your regular doctor at a later date; to make sure the treatment is working and recovery is progressing properly.
Dr. Josyann Abisaab is an emergency room physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital.