Top 5 Reasons Children are Admitted to the Emergency Room

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About 75% of children’s visits to the emergency room are done during a weekend or at night when their family doctor’s office is closed. When your child is injured or sick, it’s natural to panic and go straight to the emergency room because you know they will get the care they need. There are various reasons why children are taken to the emergency room, including everything from an accident to the flu. Here are the 5 most common reasons children are seen in the emergency room.

Head Injuries

Whether it is from falling off of their bike or scooter or a sports related head injury, head injuries/trauma, especially sports related concussions, are the most common reason why children are taken to the emergency room. Even though wearing adequate head protection can help to prevent these types of injuries, a trauma to the head can still occur.

Sprains and Broken Bones

Musculoskeletal injuries, which include everything from ankle sprains to broken bones and can happen from a variety of different accidents, such as falling from playground equipment or falling off a bike. Although the first thought may be to take a child with a broken bone to the local urgent care, it is best to go to the ER because some urgent care facilities may not be equipped to address this type of injury.

Respiratory Problems

Asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia are the most common respiratory problems that bring kids to the emergency room. Appropriately managing asthma is the best way to avoid a trip to the emergency room, but an attack can suddenly come on. If your child has asthma and can breathe without difficulty after using an inhaler, a visit to urgent care may be a more economical solution instead of an emergency room visit. However, they should be seen in the emergency room if:

  • Your child is struggling to breathe after using a rescue inhaler
  • Their skin/lips is blue
  • They are less active than usual after an attack

Fever and Infections

It can be extremely scary not being able to control your child’s fever and the fear generally increases when a fever is accompanied by stiff joints, a rash and/or difficulty breathing. Children can generally handle a higher fever than adults, but if your child’s temperature is 102, a trip to the emergency room is necessary. An infection or the flu can both raise a child’s temperature. If you suspect a serious infection, contact your doctor if possible to make sure an ER visit is best.

Digestive Disorders

Diarrhea, vomiting and/or stomach pains are also common reasons for children to visit the emergency room. It is best to make a trip to the emergency room if:

  • They are vomiting blood or bile
  • Their stomach pain is so severe that it interferes with them walking
  • Your child is dehydrated from not being able to hold down fluids

 

If you aren’t sure if an ER visit is necessary, its best to contact your pediatrician first to make sure you should go to the ER instead of the doctor’s office. Depending on the symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you make an office appointment instead of going to the emergency room.

Surepoint Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day and is located at I-35E and Loop 288 on the east side of the highway. At Surepoint, you are seen by a doctor within 5 minutes of your arrival. No waiting in the hospital emergency room waiting when you are sick.

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Surepoint Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day and is located at I-35E and Loop 288 on the east side of the highway.  At Surepoint, you are seen by a doctor within 5 minutes of your arrival. No waiting in the hospital emergency room waiting when you are sick.

Cervical Cancer Awareness/Screening Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Surepoint Emergency Center wants women to be aware of the fact that cervical cancer can be prevented and treated, but only if you take the steps necessary to get screened and vaccinated. It is estimated that in 2018, more than 13,000 women in the United States will be diagnoses with cervical cancer and unfortunately, more than 4000 women will die from the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cervical cancer used to be the number one cause of cancer deaths in the US, but these numbers have significantly decreased partially due to preventative care.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

When cancer begins in the cervix, it is referred to as cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is typically caused by HPV, which is a virus that is passed from person to person during intercourse. HPV typically doesn’t cause any symptoms, so it is extremely difficult to know if you have the virus and for most women, the virus will go away on its own; however, if it doesn’t, there is a high risk of cervical cancer developing.

Cervical Cancer Symptoms & Risk Factors

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Unlike other forms of cancer, early cervical cancer does not have any obvious physical symptom. However, once cervical cancer has progressed, warning signs will start to appear and when cervical cancer has progressed into other structures, you may have symptoms, such as abnormal bleeding between periods or bleeding during intercourse and/or abnormal discharge throughout your menstrual cycle. There are a number of risk factors that may increase the chance of developing cervical cancer, including:

  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Having a family history of cervical cancer
  • Human papillomavirus infection

The good news is, there are several things you can do to reduce the risk of getting cervical cancer. An annual pap smear is the best tool for the prevention of cervical cancer. There is also a vaccine to prevent against human papillomavirus infections (the leading cause of cervical cancer). Cervarix and Gardasil are vaccines available that will protect girls and women from HPV. It is recommended that you talk with your family physician about the recommended age for getting the HPV vaccine.

Surepoint Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day and is located at I-35E and Loop 288 on the east side of the highway.  At Surepoint, you are seen by a doctor within 5 minutes of your arrival. No waiting in the hospital emergency room waiting when you are sick.