Emergency Room Visits

Most medical problems are not emergencies – they can be taken care of by calling your child’s doctor. The doctor will have your child come into the office or send them to the emergency room (ER). If you need to reach the doctor on the weekend, call the doctor’s office or the nurse hotline for your child’s Medicaid health plan.

Be sure to call your child’s doctor at any time, if your child has:

  • High fever (For a baby 3 months old or less, this is a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. For a baby 3 to 12 months old, this is a rectal temperature of 102.2 degrees or higher. For a child older than 1 year, this is a temperature of 105 degrees or higher.)
  • Severe pain and pain that suddenly stops.
  • Severe headache.
  • Stiff neck.
  • Face muscles that twitch.
  • A very sick feeling or problem that seems to be getting worse.
  • Swelling around the ear.
  • Dizziness, hearing loss, or ringing in the ears.
  • Drainage or blood from the ear.
  • An insect or something else stuck in the ear or nose.
  • A hard hit to the head or ear.