Your Childs Emergency Plan

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daycare’s forms include a place for it—your child’s teachers and caretakers won’t complain about having more detailed care information available in case of an emergency.


In addition to any required forms or paperwork, it’s always a good idea to have a written medical emergency plan handy for teachers, coaches, babysitters and other caretakers. Have copies available for school, daycare, sports teams, sleepovers and babysitters, and update it frequently. Having this information readily available will help ensure that your child receives the right care if a situation occurs when they’re away from you.


3. Include Important Info

Every child is different—and you know your child better than anyone. You know their likes and dislikes, their fears and strengths, their history and needs. If a medical situation occurred and your child required care when you weren’t available, what sort of information would be important for their healthcare provider to know to give them the best care possible?


This vital additional information can include medical details, like allergies to medications, foods, or other materials, as well as relevant medical history like surgeries or chronic conditions that could affect your child’s care. But there’s other information that’s also important for your child’s care. If they have a comfort item like a treasured blanket or toy that would make their experience a little easier, that’s important for teachers, doctors and nurses to know. If they’re scared of the dark or claustrophobic, that’s also important to put in their medical emergency plan.


At a children’s hospital like KCH, staff can use these details about your child to improve their care and their experience, whether it’s a quick visit to the emergency department or a longer stay. KCH also has dedicated Child Life Specialists on staff—trained team members who specialize in making hospital stays easier on kids through the power of play. It’s one more way KCH meets the needs of the children in the hospital’s care.


4. List Emergency Contacts

Your child’s emergency medical plan is far from the only place that will list your contact information—but it may be the first place a teacher, coach or babysitter checks in case of an emergency. It’s important to include as much contact information for yourself as possible. List two phone numbers, like your cell phone and office number, if available, and specify which numbers can be reached by text.


In addition to your own contact information, add contact information for at least two trusted additional caretakers. This could be your spouse, your child’s grandparents, aunts or uncles, or a long-time babysitter. If you can’t be reached or are out of town when an urgent situation occurs, having additional contact information for others who are invested in the care of your child is vital.


5. Keep It Updated

Creating an emergency plan for your child is the most important step in the process. But children grow quickly and are constantly changing, so keeping that plan updated is important. At a minimum, update the plan every year before school starts—but you can also update it when they have any sort of medical care, including check-ups and vaccinations. If you or any of your emergency contacts move or change phone numbers, be sure to update that contact information as soon as possible.


If you have multiple children, create an individual plan for each child. Whenever you update one, take a minute to check the other for accuracy.


Developing a written emergency medical plan for your child doesn’t take long, but it can mean everything in an emergency situation when every minute counts. Be sure your child receives the care that’s right for them by proactively creating a medical emergency plan, specifying that they receive care at a children’s hospital, and including the most important information so teachers, coaches, babysitters and healthcare professionals can provide the best care for your child. It may be the most important thing you do during your back-to-school preparations.

YOUR CHILDS EMERGENCY PLAN

UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital in the region, serving kids across the Commonwealth. Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) also has the only pediatric emergency department in the region, designed and staffed to meet the special needs of kids. Not having to share an emergency room with adults can help make a scary situation a little less scary for kids, and dedicated pediatric specialists who know how to treat and talk to children can make all the difference in an emergency.


Specifying that you want your child taken to KCH if a hospital visit is necessary can save valuable time, and will ensure they receive advanced, specialized pediatric care as soon as possible when it matters most.


2. Write it Down

Whether your child is heading back to school or going to school or daycare for the first time, this time of year involves plenty of paperwork. Many schools or daycares will have you fill out a form that includes a space to list your child’s pediatrician, and some also request that you list a hospital of choice for your child. You can always specify your preferred hospital, whether or not your school or

What’s on your back-to-school to-do list? If you’re like most parents, that list probably includes shopping for school supplies, buying new clothes to replace what your kids have outgrown and planning out after-school activities and childcare. But you may be overlooking one vitally important back-to-school to-do item: creating or updating an emergency medical plan for your child or children.


You know your child better than anyone, and you know where you’d take them in an emergency—but what if an urgent medical situation occurs when you’re not there? Creating an emergency medical plan and providing it to your child’s school, sports team, babysitter or other caretaker can help you rest easier, knowing that no matter what, your child will receive the best care possible thanks to your planning.


Here are five recommendations for crafting an emergency medical plan that works for your family. It only takes a few minutes, and it can make a world of difference when it matters most.


1. Choose a Children’s Hospital

When it comes to caring for kids, all hospitals are not created equal. Most hospitals have some pediatric specialists available, but children’s hospitals offer dedicated facilities, specialists and services just for kids—available around the clock. With teams of doctors, nurses, therapists and surgeons who have dedicated their careers to caring for kids, children’s hospitals offer the kind of care kids deserve.