If you are faced with a life threatening emergency, call 911
911 — Pediatrics in Chelmsford, MA
Examples of a life threatening emergency include, but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty breathing (e.g., choking, stopped breathing, weak breathing, stridor, cyanosis, or other signs of respiratory distress)
  • Possible anaphylaxis (difficulty breathing or swallowing following medicine, bee sting, food, or other possible allergen)
  • Neurological symptom (e.g. seizure, loss of consciousness, hard to awaken, confusion, altered mental status, stiff neck)
  • Poisoning, ingestion, drug overdose
  • Foreign body – in the airway (choking) or swallowed
  • Trauma of the neck or eye
  • Electric shock
  • Near drowning
  • Suicide – threats or attempts
Urgent Issues
Reserve nighttime calls for urgent issues only
Time For Action — Pediatrics in Chelmsford, MA
Urgent calls include, but are not limited to, calls about the following:
  • Trauma other than neck or eye
  • Asthma, wheezing, or croup with no mention of difficulty breathing
  • Foreign body – ear, nose, or vagina
  • Bleeding (active) including blood in vomit or stool
  • Burns except sunburn
  • Bites (e.g., animal, snake, spider, marine animal, bee, yellow jacket – not insects or ticks)
  • Fever over 105° F
  • Infant less than 3 months of age with fever
  • Severe pain, especially abdomen, head or chest
  • Possible dehydration
  • Purple or blood-colored rash
  • Heat exhaustion or stroke
  • Hypothermia
  • Psychosocial emergencies (sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence)

If your child has ingested a poison, please call the Poison Control Center:
Poison — Pediatrics in Chelmsford, MA