What To Do If Your Child Needs Medical Assistance
Unfortunately, even healthy children get sick or sustain injuries at some point. Children can be particularly difficult to diagnose and treat because they have special needs and often cannot give an accurate history like an adult. While sometimes it’s obvious when you need to head to an emergency room, in other cases it may be difficult to decide if you should treat an injury at home, call your physician, or head to the nearest emergency room. It’s often difficult to make these judgment calls as a parent, so it’s important to be aware of the types of pediatric emergencies that may require treatment.
Common Pediatric Emergencies Requiring Immediate Treatment
Certain pediatric conditions require immediate treatment to ensure the health and safety of your child, including:
- Respiratory Distress – Some of the signs of respiratory distress in a child include abdominal breathing, grunting while exhaling, nasal flaring, fast breathing, ribs showing while breathing, and head bobbing with breaths. Turning extremely pale or blue is a sign that respiratory failure is occurring. It is very important to address respiratory issues EARLY.
- Uncontrolled, High Fever – This is a fever that is over 104 and not controlled by the appropriate dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However, in babies under the age of three months, a medical professional should treat any fever that is over 100.4 immediately.
- Dehydration – Significant dehydration in a child or baby may be indicated by lethargy, sunken soft spot, poor feeding, no saliva, few or no wet diapers, and crying without any tears. Severe dehydration may result in circulatory collapse and death in children.
Signs and Symptoms Your Child Needs Emergency Care
Although you may know some of the types of pediatric emergencies that may require treatment, sometimes it’s difficult to decide if your child needs emergency care. Here’s a look at some of the symptoms that mean your child should be treated on an emergency basis:
- Your child has a fever along with a stiff neck
- Your child had a sudden change in mental status, such as becoming difficult to wake, confused, disoriented, or unusually sleepy
- Your child has sustained a trauma to the head
- Your child has a cut that will not stop bleeding
- Your child has a rapid heartbeat that will not improve over time
- Your child has accidentally ingested too much of a medication or a poisonous substance
- Your child becomes unconscious or has a seizure
- Your child has a major physical injury or multiple injuries
- Your child is having abdominal pain or chest pain
- Your child is in severe pain
- Your child has breathing difficulty
Pediatric Emergency Care at Pinnacle ER
Now that you’re aware of the types of pediatric emergencies that may require treatment, it’s important to know where to go when your child does require emergency care. Pinnacle ER offers emergency treatment for many types of emergencies in a safe, calming environment that works well for children. Our ER is equipped with important diagnostic tools and services to treat pediatric emergencies, including ventilation, breathing treatments, IV fluids and medications, cardiac monitoring, ultrasounds, CT scans, EKG machines, digital x-rays, and more. If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, visit Pinnacle ER immediately for the appropriate treatment.