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What do I do if a parent won't give consent for a child's emergency care?

If a parent or guardian is present but does not give consent, do not give care. Instead, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrics
If you believe a child needs emergency care and the parent refuses, call 911. You cannot give care, but you can call emergency services.

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