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If your emergency is after business hours, most likely you are going to an ER. If it's the weekend, you need to be patient because it's the busiest time.

"Sundays seem to be our busiest. Sundays seem to be very busy often times because their provider and physicians offices are closed so they will use the ED," Emergency Services Director Ann Marie Cross said.

If you’re headed to the ER with your child, avoid giving them any food or drink.

"You just never know if it's an injury and someone is who is an adolescent, you don't want them to eat or drink because in the event they need to go to surgery, it's really important they don't have anything to eat or drink," Cross said. "Anybody with abdominal pain, of course, we also prefer not to eat or drink as well because you are not sure if it’s a surgical emergency or not."

If your child is getting blood taken, don't underestimate the pain.

"You can't tell a child it's not going to hurt because it does hurt," Cross said. "You want to be as honest with them as you can and we will use the needle, it may hurt a little bit, but certainly you don't want to lie to them and can't lie to them it’s not going to hurt when you know it is going to."

During an emergency, sometimes the parent may forget the child's security blanket or perhaps some toys. Be sure to inquire at the hospital about toys that may keep your child entertained.

Find out more in this "Child Wellness" in the video above.

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