Emergency Steps Your Child Should Know

Aid for a Chronic Illness

If you or your spouse has a chronic illness, start mentioning it to your child at about age 5, and talk to him about what he can do in an emergency, suggests Charles F. Pattavina, M.D., a director of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "Simply calling 911 is key," Dr. Pattavina says. "But in many cases, your child can do things to help while the rescue vehicle is on the way, such as getting juice or sugar for a diabetic parent who is having an insulin reaction."

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