When To Take Your Child To Urgent Care
As a parent, you want to always do everything you can when your child is sick, but sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly how sick your child is, especially when they’re very young and can’t communicate what is bothering them. Urgent care or a trip to the hospital isn’t always needed for simple problems such as a cold, mild diarrhea, or mild fevers. So, when is it necessary to take your child to urgent care?
Not all illnesses need an immediate visit with your pediatrician and it’s important for you to know what symptoms to look out for. Some symptoms that may require urgent care are:
Vomiting and diarrhea that lasts more than a few hours
Rash, especially with a fever
A cough or cold that lasts several days
Large cuts or gashes
Limping or the inability to move an arm or leg
Ear pain with fever
A severe sore throat or swallowing problems
Sharp and persistent stomach or abdomen pain
Blood in urine
Blood in stool
Not being able to drink for more than 12 hours
Rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher in a baby younger than 2 months old
Fever and vomiting
Any pain that gets worse and doesn’t go away after several hours
While many illnesses may go away with love and nurturing after a few days, there are times when it is necessary to see your pediatrician as soon as possible. If your child has any of the symptoms listed above, be sure to call your pediatrician right away to find out if it is necessary for your child to go in for an appointment so that your child can get well as soon as possible.
The importance of immunizations
Childhood immunizations are one of the most important safeguards against communicable diseases and their serious, long-term complications. Your pediatrician closely adheres to the vaccination schedules published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Why? Well, there's nothing more important than your youngster's health and well-being, and immunizations effectively guard them.
Just what is an immunization?
Most immunizations are given as "shots," or injections, but some, such as the Rotavirus vaccine, are oral medications. However administered, vaccines boost your child's immune system in its battle against diseases which easily spread from person to person.
Each vaccine contains a small amount of a killed or weakened micro-organisms. These altered viruses or bacteria raise the body's defenses against a particular illness such as chicken pox. pneumonia, polio, tetanus, and more...up to 14 in all by time your child is two years old, says the CDC.
Are immunizations necessary?
Your pediatrician, his or her colleagues and decades of research prove that vaccines protect the health of individual children and of the community at large. Also called herd immunity, community immunity works best when as many babies and youngsters receive all their "shots" on schedule. Community immunity protects youngsters who cannot receive vaccines because of cancer treatment, HIV infection or other serious reason. It also shields the general population when people travel from countries which cannot provide access to these important medications.
Both the AAP and the CDC publish and recommend set vaccine schedules carried out at well-baby and well-child visits at the doctor's office. In addition, there is a "catch-up" schedule for children who have begun their immunizations late or had them interrupted by illness or other serious concern.
Your pediatrician's services
They're so important. Your child's doctor keeps your child's immunization records and can distribute them to schools, camps, college, sports, daycare and other organizations who require proof of up-to-date vaccines. The doctor also monitors your child for any adverse reactions, although typically, vaccines produce no more than:
- Localized redness and soreness at the injection site
- Low grade fever
- Pain and swelling
Cold Vs. Flu
Is it a cold or the flu? When it comes to your child's health, your pediatrician provides great information and guidance on the most common illnesses plaguing families. If you are wondering about the exact nature of your child's illness and how to treat it, learn the differences between a cold and the flu and how to treat and prevent them.
What is a cold?
A cold is an upper respiratory viral infection lasting 5 to 7 days in both adults and children alike. Generally milder in intensity and shorter in duration than influenza, a cold causes:
- Watery eyes
- A runny nose
- Low-grade fever
- High fever
- Body aches
- Extreme tiredness
- Severe headache
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Stay well-hydrated.
- Avoid crowds during peak cold and flu season.
- Keep your child home from daycare and school if he or she is sick.
- Teach your child to cover his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Don't share food or utensils, even with family members.
- Vaccinate against the flu. Ask your pediatrician for your child's "shot."
If your child’s attention seems to be causing issues, discover some of the telltale signs of ADHD.
ADHD has been given a lot more attention over the recent years, most likely because we’ve seen an increase in the number of children with this attention disorder. In fact, according to the CDC, about 6.4 million children between the ages of four and 17 years old have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. So, what exactly is ADHD and when should your child visit their Hastings, MI pediatrician for an evaluation?
While there are certainly moments when kids seem like they have a ton of energy, don’t want to sit still or don’t always listen to what we say, there are certain signs that your child may actually be dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In most cases, these symptoms will begin to manifest before your child is seven years old. Common signs include:
Being inattentive: Your child’s teacher may have already noticed that your little one has a lot of trouble focusing. Your child may become easily distracted by other things around them and may lack concentration. It may sometimes seem as if your child isn’t even listening to you.
Because of their inattentiveness, they may have trouble with organization or finishing assignments. They may forget instructions given to them by a teacher or parent. A child with ADHD will often forget things like homework or lose things more often.
Being hyperactive: Another obvious sign that your child may suffer from ADHD is being extremely hyperactive. This often means that your child can’t sit still. They need to move around or fidget. It’s challenging for them to sit in their seat for any period of time. They may have trouble being quiet and instead they may talk your ear off or feel the need to constantly be moving. You may also find that children who are hyperactive also are more likely to display a temper.
Being impulsive: While we know that children are often testing the waters of what they should and shouldn’t do, a child that truly has ADHD will often act out without thinking about their actions first. They may not be able to wait their turn and they may often interrupt what you or others are saying. Children with impulsivity may also be more likely to have temper tantrums or show sudden angry outbursts.
When to see your Hastings, MI pediatrician?
Children exhibit a lot of these symptoms at some point, so visiting your children’s doctor isn’t always necessary, but if your little one is displaying a variety of these symptoms more often than not and it’s affecting their school, home or personal life then it’s time to call us.
If your child is displaying any of the signs of ADHD, it’s never a bad idea to bring your child in for a full medical evaluation. If their lack of concentration and attention is affecting their personal and school lives, it’s time to call your Hastings, MI pediatrician to schedule an appointment.
Welcome to the Blog of Southside Pediatrics
Whether your child is an existing patient or you’re searching for a pediatrician in the Hastings, MI area, we’re excited you are here. With the pediatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping parents and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote a lifestyle of good health for your child. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including pediatric health care news, advancements in pediatric treatment, practical child health care advice and updates from our practice.
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As always, feel free to contact Southside Pediatrics with any health questions or concerns.
-- The Pediatric Team at Southside Pediatrics
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