Minor Emergency Care
Pediatric minor emergency care isn’t something parents think about very often. In fact, they don’t like thinking about it at all. Unfortunately, it is important to understand that if you have kids, there is the chance you could wind up at our office in need of immediate care.
When your child becomes sick or injured, it can sometimes be difficult to tell just how serious it is and you may not know to choose a trip to your pediatrician or emergency care. Medical professionals would advise you to call the child’s primary care provider if the condition is not a life-threatening emergency. She will advise you on your best course of action.
Here are some common reasons you might have to pay us a visit.
High Fevers are one of the most common reasons for emergency visits to the pediatric clinic. It could be from an existing problem like a cold or the flu or it could be a fever that comes on suddenly. Either way, high fevers are always a cause for concern.
An infection isn’t always the cause of ear pain. But ear infections are quite painful and you will want to get your child in to see their provider right away.
Sprains and Strains
If you have active kids, you will have to deal with your fair share of strains and sprains. Sprains are a little more serious than strains, and might indicate damage to a ligament.
In many cases, strains and sprains can be treated with rest and a painkiller. If the injury occurred to the wrist or ankle, it might require wrapping the area with a bandage for support.
Minor injuries rarely require a trip to the emergency room, but some superficial injuries warrant a trip to River Valley Pediatrics. For example, if your child falls and hits their head, it would be wise to bring them in. In fact, any bruise, cut or other wound to the head should be examined by a provider. Foreign bodies introduced to the ear or nose are also reasons for a visit to the pediatrician.
As a parent, you will use your judgment and gut feeling in any instance when a child is hurt. If you feel the condition is an emergency, go with your instincts and go to the emergency room.