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Pediatrics When To Hold Your Child's Place In Line For the ER
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When To Hold Your Child's Place In Line For the ER

​​​​​SSM Health Illinois strives to make health care convenient for you. This includes allowing you to hold your place online for your child in the case of minor emergencies. For children, there are times when it is and is not appropriate to use this service. ​ 

If your child has symptoms of a minor emergency and is 12 months old or older, you can hold a place in line – online – allowing your child to rest in the comfort of your home until it is time to go. Please use these guidelines before submitting your online request to SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital - Mt. Vernon or SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Centralia. 

These are examples of minor emergencies that are appropriate for this service: 

  • Cold symptoms without respiratory distress
  • Vomiting or diarrhea without dehydration
  • Minor sprains, aches, lacerations or burns
  • Rashes
  • Minor contagious conditions (i.e. chicken pox, scabies, lice)

This service is not appropriate if your child is: 

  • Younger than 12 months​​
  • Experiencing symptoms of dehydration (no wet diapers in 8 hours, no tears when crying, listlessness, dry mouth or cracked lips)
  • Experiencing rapid breathing with wheezing noises or chest "sucking in"
  • Showing signs of confusion or non-responsiveness
  • Any sign of deformity from an injury​

For the symptoms or conditions above, go directly to the emergency room. 


 
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