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Before going to the emergency room for fever, gastroenteritis or mild flu symptoms

The emergency department should be reserved for children who are seriously sick or injured.



Extreme traffic in the emergency room

If your child's situation can wait, we invite you to consult an alternative resource

To help us :

  • Limit yourself to one accompanying person and avoid coming with siblings
  • Do a rapid test if your child have symptoms of COVID-19, to help us give appropriate medical care


Before going to the emergency room

Alternative medical resources :

List of network-clinics

We recommend a trip to the emergency in the following cases:

  • Your child is having trouble breathing (for example, he is breathing faster than normal; he is pale; his lips turn white or blue; he is coughing non-stop, choking or breathing irregularly).
  • Your child is hurt and may have a broken bone or need stitches.
  • Your child hurt himself and is now vomiting.
  • Your infant (under three months old) has a fever over 38°C or 100.4°F.
  • Your child is feverish and drowsy, and you are having trouble waking him up.
  • Your child has a rash and his skin doesn't turn white if you press on it.
  • Your child is vomiting and has diarrhea, is not producing tears, has a very dry mouth and has not urinated more than 2-3 times in the last 24 hours.

For anything other than a true emergency (as described above), parents are urged to consult:

  • their pediatrician or family doctor
  • a CLSC
  • a clinic without an appointment

To consult an healthcare professional

Consult the information sheet in more than 20 languages

The classification method used by the triage nurse in order to determine your child’s priority level is based on a five-level scale according to the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS).

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Updated on 10/11/2022
Created on 7/10/2014
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