Pediatric Urgent Care VS The E.R.
As a parent it is easy to be overly worried and concerned about your child’s health. You don’t ever want them to feel sick or have to experience even an ounce of discomfort. If your child wakes you up with a fever or is out playing and sprains/strains his or her ankle there’s no need to rush to your local emergency room, a pediatric urgent care might be the better option. A 2010 study by the Rand Corporation found that nearly one in five visits to hospital ERs could be treated at urgent care centers, potentially saving $4.4 billion annually in health-care costs. In many cases, pediatric urgent care can easily be done at your local after-hours emergency care clinic. This can sometimes even ensure faster and more effective attention.
Here are some situations in which you may need to decide between the E.R. or Pediatric Urgent Care
- Emergency Room
A life-threatening emergency should be handled in the E.R. Life-threatening emergencies include severe asthma attacks, extreme wheezing that will prevent a child from speaking or a baby from drinking/eating, severe trauma, seizures, severe allergic reactions, and head or neck injuries. You should also consider taking your child to the emergency room for severe burns, extreme abdominal pain, traumatic injury, or persistent vomiting.
- Pediatric Urgent Care
Pediatric urgent care facilities are extremely convenient because many are open seven days a week with accommodating hours. Not only that, but they will allow walk-ins or those with appointments. Finally, when it comes to charges and co-pays, urgent care visits are almost always less expensive than a trip the emergency room. Here are some examples of conditions that require treatment right away but are not immediately life-threatening: strains and sprains, earaches, sore throat, pink eye, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your child has any superficial or minor injuries such as bruises, wounds or small cuts these can also be taken care of at an urgent care facility.
It is your job as a parent to protect and care for your child. Be prepared, and don’t rush to the emergency room for every cough, scrape, or tummy ache. Go check out your local urgent care facility and find out the hours, costs, and services provided. It is always a good thing to have a backup plan if your child’s doctor isn’t available, or it’s after hours and a trip to the emergency room isn’t necessary. Pediatric urgent care facilities are there to provide same day care and treatment whenever you need it.