First aid guide in Barcelona for children

Do you know what to do if your child has a medical emergency in Barcelona?  Fortunately, the Nanny Line, Spain’s premier nanny and babysitting agency, has compiled this children’s first aid guide for Barcelona.  Keep reading to be prepared for the next time someone gets hurt:

Call 112 for a Medical Emergency

This is the emergency response number in Spain.  If your Spanish or Catalan are not up to speed, you can request to speak with an English-speaking doctor by saying: “Quiero una consulta médica en inglés.”

Definitely call this number for immediate ambulance response if your child has hives (swollen red bumps across their tummy and thighs) and any of the following:

  • swollen tongue or lips
  • begins vomiting
  • passes out
  • difficulty breathing
    Why?  These can be signs of a severe allergic reaction to either a food or medicine.

Unsure whether or not your child needs emergency medical services?  This easy-to-read, quick synopsis from the American Academy of Pediatrics helps you choose the best place to take your child for medical care.

Go to the local CAP for First Aid Attention.

CAP stands for Centre d’Atenció Primaria and CAPs are the local public health centers in each neighborhood in Barcelona.  The CatSalut website allows you to enter your address in Barcelona to find the CAP closest to you.  Usually you need to have completed necessary paperwork in order to access Catalonia’s free public health care system, but there are two exceptions:  1) minors; and 2) pregnant women, even if you have not yet registered as a resident of Catalonia.

You should NOT go to the local CAP for a life-threatening health emergency.  A CAP would be a better place to go if you are concerned about a rash, a possible infection, a low-grade fever, or diarrhea.  Remember that there may not be anyone who speaks English at the CAP. Confused about how the healthcare system works in Barcelona? This article summarizes the healthcare and insurance insurance system and how to register if you are a resident of Barcelona.

Don’t forget that if you are an EU resident, you can receive free public EMERGENCY healthcare for the first three months of your stay in Spain if with your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).  This is not valid for residents of Spain.

Go to the Children’s Hospital:  St. Joan de Déu

With more than 600 pediatric medical experts and specialists on staff, St. Joan de Déu is where you want to go if you are in Barcelona and have a very sick child.  They even have an International Services Team, dedicated to the care of international patients who can be reached during business hours at +34 93 600 97 83.

Find an English-speaking Pediatrician in Barcelona:

  • Dra. Maria Dolores Terradas, Turo Park Medical and Dental Center, (+34 932 529 729, speaks English, Spanish, French and Catalan.  She only sees patients during office hours only but you are able to book appointments online and all of the office staff are multilingual.  Turo Park Medical and Dental Center also has English-speaking dentists if one of your family members has a dental emergency in Barcelona.
  •, offers pediatric home visits for 150 euros, and they promise to come for a check-up within one hour of your call, whether to a home or hotel.
  • Dr. Thorton Faust,, (+34 933 93 31 50 Consulta 150, Carrer de Vilena 12) speaks English, Dutch, Spanish.  He offers office hours, home visits for non-urgent concerns, and will see his patients for after-hours emergency care at Centro Médico Teknon Urgencias, office is located on

Don’t Let a Boo-Boo Ruin Your Time in Barcelona.

Unfortunately, we all know there will be bumps and scrapes as your baby grows up to be an adult.  A little advanced preparation can help those times when your children are sick or injured be a little less scary.  Beyond our first aid guide for children in Barcelona, we suggest:

Learning CPR, basic first aid techniques and the heimlich maneuver to help a choking child.  The American Red Cross offers online first aid and CPR training courses as well.  The folks at CPRkids have this great 6-minute video about first aid for a choking toddler or infant.

Keeping your own first aid kit ready at home (or in your suitcase if you are traveling).  This could include:

  • A thermometer
  • Children’s paracetamol and ibuprofena for low-grade fevers
  • Benadryl (US and UK), or difenidramina (generic in Spain) for allergic reactions. Remember this can cause your child to be drowsy however.
  • Bandages (even better if they are band aids with child-friendly designs on them), a triple-antibiotic wound cream such as (known as Neosporin, polysporin, or Dermisone Tri-Antibiotica in Spain),
  • Hot/Cold packs stored in the freezer to help numb the pain of any bumps or bruises and reduce swelling.

These are just some of the basics, but the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom has an even more complete list of what every home first aid kit should include.

Filling out and keeping on hand a Medical Information Sheet for each child with emergency contact numbers which you can show any new caregivers.  Here is an example of  what kind of information a Medical Information Sheet should list.  There is even a more specific form form for children with special health care needs such as asthma, diabetes, or other medical conditions available from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Nanny Line’s First Aid Training Classes

Ultimately, we want to make sure you never worry about your little ones when they are in the care of one of our nannies or babysitters.  That is why ALL of The Nanny Line’s nannies and babysitters in Barcelona, Madrid and the Balearic Islands receive first-aid training.  In addition to this children’s first aid guide for Barcelona, the Nanny Line also offers family first aid classes and training for our clients.  Don’t wait to contact us: Arrange your class today.

We Take Care of YOU.

You can relax knowing that The Nanny Line’s first-aid-trained nannies and babysitters will take the best care of your children.  You can read more about our rigorous pre-screening process and find your nanny-star on our website.  Do you have a little one who needs to rest at home after being sick or getting injured?  Read our post about indoor activities for suggestions about how to keep them entertained all day long.

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