Know When to Call 911

Severe illness and injuries are often unpreventable, so it’s imperative to know when you should call 911 in the event of an emergency involving your child. It can be very difficult to see your child in an emergency situation. Being prepared beforehand can greatly help if the situation arises.

When You Should Call 911

  • Having trouble breathing
  • Choking or something lodged in the throat
  • Symptoms of heart attack or stroke
  • Unconsciousness
  • Overdose on medication or other drugs
  • Consumption of poison
  • Too much consumption of alcohol
  • Serious injury from an accident

When in doubt, call 911. The operator can help determine if you need emergency assistance.

The 911 operator will ask you about your child’s current condition, the situation leading to the emergency and your location. It’s important to stay calm, speak clearly, and provide as much detailed information as you’re able.

When You Should NOT Call 911

  • Minor illnesses or injury
  • Seeking information
  • Power outages
  • Pet injury

To learn more about more about what level of care is right for your child, review our Treatment Guide.