When Should I Take My Child To Urgent Care?
December 10, 2018
December 10, 2018
If you are a parent or are planning to become one, you will eventually be faced with a sudden illness or another health emergency of some type with your child. As difficult as this scenario can be without any further complications, your challenge can become even more complex if it takes place in the middle of the night or during the weekend when your options to attain medical assistance seem more limited.
Depending upon your child’s age, or emotional state when they are sick or hurt, they also may not be able to tell you why they don’t feel well or what has happened if there was an accident. It will be beneficial if they can communicate with you, but you will still be faced with a situation that can be very challenging and uncomfortable.
One example is a fever. If this happens with your son or daughter, the good news is that your child’s immune system has mobilized its natural defenses, and is already battling whatever infection or illness he or she is facing. However, this is not a suggestion that you should ignore fevers in any way, particularly if they are high fevers. Instead, your instincts will be correct in that fever should be addressed. You should check with a doctor or visit an urgent care center if your infant is younger than three months and has a temperature over 100.4°F (38°C), as this can be an indication of a more serious infection. For children between three months and three-years-old, a fever of 102.2°F (39°C) or more should prompt a call to a physician.
But a fever is just one example from among the long list of potential symptoms of illness or accidents that you might be forced to deal with. Maybe instead of a fever, your child has the symptoms of a cold or the flu. Maybe your child is suffering from nausea or vomiting. Maybe you have discovered a sudden rash, or your child may have accidentally swallowed something.
Your son or daughter could also have experienced a nasty fall or was hurt while playing a sport or recreational activity. If these scenarios occur, you as a parent, you might also be confronted with trying to determine whether your child has broken a bone. You should not necessarily place yourself in the position of having to decide whether this is why your child is in pain. That is something that a doctor should determine for you.
However, it is helpful to know a few critical things. First, it is important to note if there is swelling or numbness in the area of pain, or if your child is unable to move. Of course, if your child is in significant pain that could be an indication of a broken of a break. You should not try to move any bones or limbs. Instead, it is best to call or visit an urgent care facility, so that a doctor can diagnose the issue.
One last example of a problem that can occur would be rashes. It is helpful if you can determine why the rash has developed, such as contact with poison ivy, a reaction to soap, or a reaction to a pet. However, if you have an infant who is under six months, or if your child has a fever that accompanies the rash, then you should consult with a doctor. This is also true if you discover anything oozing from the rash, if there are small red spots on the skin, or your child has hives. Finally, you should definitely see a physician if the rash does not improve after two days.
The three situations that have been discussed are among a large list of potential issues that can occur with children. But regardless of what specific problem you are facing, you will understandably be concerned. It is also normal for you to contend with various emotions as you do the very best that you can to help your child. But remember that you will also be relying upon your instincts throughout your decision-making process, and each critical decision is based on what you know. You will often have far more questions than answers, and they can be resolved by reaching out for help when this scenario occurs.
At Rapid Med Urgent Care We Can Help
Fortunately, your questions and concerns can be addressed by contacting or visiting an urgent care center such as Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. We understand that your child’s health and your personal peace-of-mind are both extremely important. There is a reason that we are called Rapid Med Urgent Care Center and we make your comfort and care our top priority the moment that you visit us. We also provide you with the option of discussing your problems or concerns simply by contacting us through our On Demand service.
Here is a list of health issues that we can assist you with whenever you visit or contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center:
- Sore throats
- Upset stomach
- Bladder and urinary tract infections
- Minor cuts
- Minor falls
- Sinus pain
- Skin problems
- Sprains and strains
- Pink Eye