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When can I give emergency care to a child or an infant without permission?

Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrics

A layperson can only give emergency care to a child or an infant if their parent gives permission, is not present, or is injured and unable to answer. You can call 911, but you cannot touch the child if the parent refuses. 

If a condition is life threatening, permission or consent is implied if a parent or guardian is not present. 

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