In the United States, approx. 6.3 million fractures occur each year, and over 40% of these are at home incidents. Broken bones are a common occurrence, especially among children and people who play sports regularly. There are about 3.5 million visits made to emergency rooms for fractures each year. Broken bones may not be life-threatening but can cause a lifetime of complications. (OSU.EDU, 2020) What Constitutes a Broken Bone? A broken bone or bone fracture is a medical … [Read more...] about How to Know if a Bone is Broken
Pediatric Essentials is a blog for parents and caregivers who need information quickly to be able to identify and be prepared for pediatric health emergencies. Very young children are at a higher risk for complications because they cannot properly describe how they feel or when their bodies aren’t functional as normal. New parents have even more concerns as they navigate their way through the health and safety of the needs of an infant. It can be daunting.
This series will help you deal with those times when you need information right away. Some pediatric emergencies require a call to 911, others are not so obvious as to whether they are an emergency or not. We want to be a trusted resource for you in helping to identify those symptoms in your child, getting the right help in an emergency, and knowing when to head to the emergency room. Below, we have Associate Director and RN Dave Barrett share his personal experience dealing with medical emergencies and the importance of being prepared. Here at Elite Care, we not only educate our community on handling emergencies and when to seek emergency care, but we also offer complimentary CPR classes on a monthly bases.
When a child is running a temperature, the tendency to worry is natural, perhaps even universal among parents and caregivers. But fever, the body’s natural response to infection or illness, should not be cause for unnecessary concern. Here are a few guidelines that will help you to recognize the signs and causes of fever, understand how to properly care for your feverish child at home, and know when it’s time to call the pediatrician. WHAT CAUSES FEVER? Fever in itself is not an illness … [Read more...] about Pediatric Essentials: Fever
If your child has allergies, you’re probably on high alert for signs of an allergic reaction and its triggers. This guide will help you understand allergies, how you can treat them at home, and when to seek the advice of your pediatrician or emergency medical facility. SYMPTOMS: MILD OR SEVERE? For most people, allergy symptoms usually range from mild to moderate. For example, during hay fever season, your child may experience itchy, watery eyes, frequent sneezing or nasal congestion. … [Read more...] about Pediatric Essentials: Allergies
Pediatric Essentials is a blog for parents and caregivers who need information quickly to be able to identify and be prepared for pediatric health emergencies. Very young children are at a higher risk for complications because they cannot properly describe how they feel or when their bodies aren’t functional as normal. New parents have even more concerns as they navigate their way through the health and safety of the needs of an infant. It can be daunting. This series will help you deal … [Read more...] about Pediatric Essentials
Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects your lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers. However, when symptoms get worse, it is called an asthma attack. Asthma affects people of all ages and often starts during childhood. How common is Asthma in the United States? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in … [Read more...] about Asthma Attack Symptoms & First Aid
Children often come down with sore throats commonly caused by colds, viruses and, environmental factors such as smoke, dust in the air, and plant allergens. The concern is when a sore throat involves Strep, which is different and can lead to serious complications if left untreated. The throat infection is caused by bacteria named Group A Streptococcus. Strep throat is contagious and most often affects children younger than 16. It is most common in winter and spring, according to Centers for … [Read more...] about Strep: Group A and Group B Infection
Pediatric Fever Can Be Scary Let’s just all agree... kids get sick... It’s one of those things they are just born naturals at. But when not feeling well is accompanied by a fever, our level of caution as parents should rise exponentially. Seeing your child suffering from an illness and realizing they have a fever can be a very scary and lonely moment. Common Question Asked By Parents How high is too high of a temperature? Can my child develop brain damage from their fever?Can a fever … [Read more...] about Is My Child’s Fever an Emergency?
As a parent, sometimes it can be difficult to know when a trip to the emergency room is needed. When your child is sick, injured, or suffering in any way, our natural instinct as parents is to do everything we can for them immediately. But, when do these instances require an emergency room visit? Sore throats or minor burns, for instance, can be handled by a child’s primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Quite often the best thing to do is to pick up the phone and call your … [Read more...] about When Should You Take Your Kids To The Emergency Room?