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Think About it Thursday: R Baby Foundation

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Is YOUR Hospital Equipped for Pediatric Emergencies?

     Did you know that many, perhaps most emergency rooms are not equipped to deal with emergencies involving babies? According to R Baby Foundation, only 6% of emergency departments are equipped to deal with pediatric emergencies, and yet children make up about 27% of emergency department visits. 

     I remember when my first child was born. I was paranoid, but afraid of being too paranoid. Especially those first couple months. It is so scary to be the parent of a newborn and wondering what you should do if their fever is over so many degrees, but comes back down with meds. Am I worrying too much? Am I worrying too little? And after I had my second child, that paranoia didn’t get a whole lot better, I must admit!
     Fortunately, I have not yet had to take either of my children to the emergency room. But what if I did? Would they be properly equipped to deal with the situation appropriately? After discovering R Baby Foundation, I’m afraid the odds are not favorable. What a scary thought, to think that if I did take one of my children there, they might not be properly cared for! 
     R Baby Foundation is seeking to change all that. They are on a mission to make sure that babies are able to get the emergency care they need in all hospitals. Things they want implemented in emergency departments across the country include increased pediatric training for general ER doctors, mandatory pediatric supplies and equipment and a clear definition of a pediatric emergency room.

     R Baby Foundation has a petition on change.org. Please consider signing for the sake of a child you love who may need emergency services one day. And please check out the R Baby Foundation website for stories, resources and other ways to help!

*This is not a sponsored post. I was not asked by R Baby Foundation to write this post. This is simply a cause I would like to see it passed on, and awareness raised, because as a mother of two young children, these facts hit close to home!*

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  1. Wow that’s an awesome organization to take that on! It’s the same here in Winnipeg, we have to take our kids to Children’s and it just seems SO FAR away. I like you have been blessed so far not to have to go. Thanks for the post! 🙂

    1. I haven’t had to take mine either, but it is scary to think they might not have the tools to handle situation appropriately if necessary!

  2. I almost always took my son to the Children’s Hospital in our area, when he was a baby. Now, he’s 11, and as big as an adult, so I don’t need to worry about it, but back then, I just chose to go to the CH so I wouldn’t need to worry whether they were equipped to deal with him.

    1. Yeah it is kind of scary, isn’t it? This is not something I knew about before coming across R Baby either.

  3. This is an important topic. Some locations in the US do not even have a staff of pediatricians, but instead have a rotation of family doctors. Most are fine, but when it comes to drastic emergencies they should be able to provide essential care.

  4. Really great information. I never thought about if my ER was child equipment. Something to really think about. Thank you for sharing.

    1. That’s great! Sounds like your hospital is in the 6%. It’s probably because you’re in such a large city.

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