Topeka (WIBW) - When your child is hurt, it's a stressful situation.
The first step in helping them feel better is to remain calm. Stormont-Vail Emergency Dept. Physician Robert Peterson says kids react off parents, so if you're uptight, your child will be, too.
Peterson says it's also important to talk to your child about their ER visit. He says don't tell them things that aren't true, such as that nothing will hurt, but be realistic and tell them the doctors and nurses are there to take care of them.
Taking care of your child will be easier if you have vital information with you, like your child's medical history and any medications he or she is taking. Peterson says that will help to head off any interactions or allergies.
In addition, Peterson says try not to give your child anything to eat or drink before going to the emergency room.
Finally, if you know your child will be in someone else's care, such as at school or an after-school sitter, you might consider giving them a consent form, should they need to take your child in. Peterson says in a true life or death emergency, treatment will be given regardless. But otherwise, he says it's nice to have the assurance a consent form can give.