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Do I need permission to give emergency care for a child or an infant?

Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrics
You need parental permission to give care to a child or an infant, even if it is an emergency. The only reasons for which you could give care without permission are if the parent is not present or is injured and unable to respond. You may call 911, but you cannot give care.
If the conscious person is a child or an infant, permission to give care must be obtained from a parent or guardian when one is available. 

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