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Signs You Need To Take Your Child To The A&E Room

As a parent, there are instances where your alertness will be put to test, when a moment’s decision can spell the difference between life and death. While we hope these kinds of situations will not happen, it’s still best to be armed with information and be ready in case your child has a health emergency. 

To avoid panic, remember these cues when it’s time to take your little one to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) room.

#1 When he is having difficulty breathing

You’re bound to notice when a child is gasping and struggling for air, usually caused by a respiratory issue or asthma attack. Seek emergency help if a baby is taking more than 60 breaths per minute and a child with more than 40 breaths. If there is an airway blockage that’s most likely causing the breathing difficulty, call for help at once.

#2 When he has either high fever or low, but a persistent one

Fever is a usual indicator that something is wrong with a person’s health. Same goes for your child. Having high fever with symptoms such as vomiting, dehydration, or breathing difficulties could be indicative of a more serious illness. Even a low one, but persistent, is a signal that your child’s health should be checked.

#3 When he is unconscious

A person’s consciousness is affected when parts of the brain may be damaged or injured, either through non-traumatic or traumatic situations. Immediately take her to A&E and spare no important detail when filling in the doctor or specialist on what happened.

#4 When he is experiencing seizures

Seizures happen when the brain experiences an electrical activity. They are characterised by collapsing or shaking. It can be frightening for parents to deal with a child having seizures so the first thing to do is ensure that your child is in a safe place so the uncontrollable movement will not hurt her. Rush to the A&E if your child has not had seizures before or has difficulty breathing.

#5 When there’s excessive bleeding

Uncontrolled bleeding—whether due to injury or a medical situation—requires immediate attention. Severe bleeding can lead to loss of consciousness and more extreme results.

Where to take your child

Now that you know when it is required to drive your child to the nearest A&E, we answer the question of where to take her and what paediatrics services you can avail of:

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital is the first provider that comes to mind when it’s about children’s healthcare needs. It boasts of doctors and nurses who have proper trainings in paediatric emergency cases, from initial evaluation to stabilisation and treatment of acutely ill or injured infants and children.

For more urgent cases, it has the KKH Urgent Paediatric Advice Line (UPAL), an online service for parents and caregivers to seek advice for common paediatric conditions such as fever, cough, diarrhoea, vomiting, and common injuries. It is available from 8am to 11pm daily.

Location: Children’s Emergency, Basement 1, Children’s Tower, 100 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 229899
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Tel:  62255 554

Sengkang General Hospital

The Paediatrics Service at Sengkang General Hospital offers services such as clinical evaluation, treatment and follow up of acute illnesses, and primary and secondary care of chronic illnesses for children. Parents are ensured of close coordination with family physicians and general practitioners for a more accurate care for your child.

Location: Sengkang General Hospital, Medical Centre, Level 6
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays (8:30am to 5:30pm)
Tel: 6930 6000

Gleaneagles Singapore

Gleaneagles Singapore offers immediate medical attention to conditions such as abdominal pain, nosebleed, dengue fever, and nausea and vomiting, among others. According to its website, the average waiting time is around 30 minutes but this will depend on factors such as the number of patients and the severity of your child’s condition.

Location: 6A Napier Road
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Tel: 6473 7222

Mount Elizabeth

Mount Elizabeth’s Paediatrics unit has the latest technology to provide the best medical treatment for kids of all stages. Not only does it provide medical solutions, it also integrates physical, mental, and psychological development into the individual care of a child. They treat conditions from orthopaedic to ophthalmology and even oncology or cancer.

Location: 3 Mount Elizabeth
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Tel: 6737 2666

Changi General Hospital

Changi General Hospital’s A&E Department offers 24-hour trauma and non-trauma emergency services attended by its team of quality trauma surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, psychiatrists, medical social workers, and nurses among others. As with other hospitals, CGH reminds its patients that “priority of care is not based on the time of arrival.” All patients will undergo triage from which the seriousness of the case will be determined. 

Location: 2 Simei Street 3
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Tel: 6788 8833

Raffles Children Centre

Raffles Children Centre offers services including general paediatric medicines, management of infant and neonatal conditions, dermatology, general paediatric surgeries, and childhood behaviour and development. If your child needs immediate medical care, the centre has on-call paediatricians ready to attend to your case.

Location: Level 8, Raffles Specialist Centre, 585 North Bridge Road
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays (8:30am to 6pm); ​Saturdays (8:30am to 1pm)
Tel: 6311 1270

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