Common Emergent Care for your Child

Common Emergent Care for your Child

As a parent, it doesn’t always matter how much preparation you put into protecting your kids. They will find a loophole that can potentially end in an injury or a visit to a medical facility.

So what might you still encounter and how can you be ready to handle it?

 

Illness

Your child could contract any number of viruses that will keep them at home. It’s important to recognize at what point they might need more specialized care.

A child with an illness may need medical attention because they don’t feel good and have stopped eating or drinking. While it’s difficult to make your child eat and drink, you can try to tempt them with yummy treats. Try things like popsicles. This is something that they love and can help keep them hydrated.

Be vigilant with preventing heat stroke or heat exhaustion by applying sunscreen and monitoring their time in the sun.

They may also get recurrent ear infections or throat infections, indicating you should take them to see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. The physician can help you determine whether removing their tonsils or placing ear tubes to drain fluid can end their recurring illness.

 

Accident

When your child gets hurt, sometimes it can be hard to tell how seriously they are injured. If they’ve broken a tooth, it’s usually easy to recognize a dentist’s expertise will be needed, but the seriousness of other accidents may be trickier to spot.

If your child puts a coin or other foreign object in their ear, nose, or throat while out of sight, you may not even know what is causing their complaint. Your only indicator sometimes will be that they are experiencing pain or abnormal bleeding in the affected area, or difficulty breathing normally. A pediatric physician or specialist can also be useful in this situation.

What if your child touches a hot surface or spills a hot liquid on themselves? You should know how to identify the type of burn and follow up with appropriate care. First degree burns will appear red, dry, and peeling, and can usually be treated with a cold, wet cloth and antibacterial cream.

Small second degree burns can also be treated at home but may need more expert care along with anything worse. These will likely appear red, swollen, and blistery.

 

Injury

You may expect your child to accumulate cuts and scratches, but keep an eye out for deeper lacerations. Something bleeding profusely may turn out to need only a bandage, so if you’re unsure what the extent of the wound is, take a moment to clean it before determining if stitches and a visit to urgent care are necessary.

You should also learn to recognize the difference between sprains, strains, and breaks. With sprains, your child will experience some pain with swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving their joint.

A strain, while similar, can be accompanied by muscle spasms and difficulty moving the actual muscle. A fracture will exhibit more serious signs and symptoms which could include a numbness or tingling, visible deformity, or difficulty moving their entire limb.

 

Conclusion

Keeping yourself familiar with the line between home care and urgent care will help you to provide your child the best care for their situation right when they need it.

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