Emergencies / After Hours

If you have a life-threatening emergency, dial 911.

Unless there is a life-threatening emergency, please call the office or advise nurse before going to the emergency room. We may be able to save you an unnecessary visit and make certain that you obtain care at the appropriate facility for your child and your health plan. We will be able to be involved in the care of your child only if we are informed.

If you have an urgent after hours medical need, please call the office at (732) 370-9600 and follow the instructions. If you are unable to reach the provider on call or have not received a return call, please call again in 20 minutes.

We do not prescribe medications, including antibiotics, over the phone.

When is it an emergency?

If your child is sick, call our office at (732) 370-9600 and we will schedule a sick visit as soon as possible. However, if the child has severe injury or illness that threatens health or may cause permanent harm, seek emergency medical treatment right away.

It’s wise to discuss emergency procedures with your provider BEFORE you need them.

Newborns and Infants

If your newborn has a rectal temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, this is a medical emergency and you should SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. After 2 months of age, this is not as urgent, but we should see your baby as soon as possible.

Call our office in the following situations:

  • Extreme fussiness or lethargy.
  • Blood in your baby’s stool or a white or gray colored stool.
  • Redness in or around the umbilical stump or a foul-smelling discharge.
  • Some coughing, sneezing, and hiccups are normal. But if your baby is consistently breathing hard and fast or seems to have trouble breathing, this is NOT normal – call us as soon as possible.

Children and Adolescents

Call our office at (732) 370-9600 if your child is sick. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately if your child has swallowed a suspected poison, household cleaner or another person’s medication, even if the child has no symptoms.

Call 911 if your child shows any of the following symptoms:

  • Acting increasingly withdrawn and not alert
  • Unconsciousness or failure to respond when you talk to the child
  • Rhythmic jerking and/or loss of consciousness (a seizure)
  • Increasing difficulty breathing
  • Skin or lips that look blue, purple or gray
  • Neck stiffness or rash with fever
  • Increasing or severe pain
  • A cut that is large, deep or on the head, chest or abdomen
  • Bleeding that doesn’t stop after applying pressure for 5 minutes
  • A large burn or a burn on the hands, feet, groin, chest or face
  • Choking that causes the child to stop breathing
  • Any confusion, headache, vomiting or loss of consciousness after a head injury or blow to the head