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Should I call my pediatrician if we have to go to the emergency room (ER)?

The answer should be an unequivocal yes—or you need a new pediatrician. Maybe you’ll find out the trip isn’t necessary. Maybe your doctor will want to meet you there. Maybe your doctor will remind you about what to tell the Emergency Department (ED) doc. Also, some insurance plans require a doctor’s preauthorization before an ED visit for conditions that are usually not true emergencies.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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