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What to Do When Your Child Has a Medical Emergency

Parents try to do everything in their power to protect their children. But medical emergencies can arise suddenly, even with the best of care, and they don’t always occur during normal office hours, when your pediatrician is available. You can be ready for these medical emergencies if you plan ahead for urgent care when it’s needed, and keep in mind a few basic first aid techniques.

Cuts and Wounds

Cuts and minor wounds are a common occurrence during childhood when kids are engaged in group games, climbing, running and bicycling. If the wound is bleeding, you should apply pressure to it with a clean cloth. If bleeding continues, the wound may require stitches, so you should seek medical attention immediately. An urgent care center can provide care for this type of injury.

Broken Bones

It’s not unusual for children to experience a broken bone from a fall from a bike or other activity. The child may experience pain in an affected area, swelling, bruising or the limb sticking out at an unusual angle. Many types of breaks can occur, such as a compound fracture that breaks the skin or a greenstick fracture that causes a crack, but not a complete break. If the incident occurs outside of your physician’s office hours, an urgent care facility can provide an x-ray for proper diagnosis and treatment of the injury.

Respiratory Infections

Children catch a lot of colds, and symptoms can sometimes become severe. Fever, headache, earaches, congestion and coughs can worsen suddenly and may require fast medical attention. Your urgent care center can provide antibiotics, decongestants and other remedies to provide relief from these symptoms.

Stomach Pain

In most cases, stomach pain in children is caused by overindulgence in favorite foods or from eating foods that are unfamiliar, such as extra-spicy dishes or foods that that are very high in fiber. However, a stomachache can also be a result of a virus that is accompanied by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In these cases, a visit to the urgent care facility will ensure that no serious problem is at fault, and your child can receive medication and advice to reduce symptoms.

Because children’s medical emergencies don’t always happen during regular doctor’s hours, it’s a good idea for parents to familiarize themselves with the location of an urgent care facility close to your home. You will then be ready to ensure that your child receives the immediate care needed when an emergency occurs.

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Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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