Pediatric emergencies take the cake when it comes to the scariest medical event especially for parents. According to a survey conducted by Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project in 2010, there were over 25.5 million visits to the ER by children aged younger than 18 years.
SignatureCare Emergency Centers are equipped to treat any pediatric emergency, listen below are some of the most common pediatric emergencies presented to the ER in USA, according to the data collected by various health agencies in the US:
- Injury and poisoning
By far, the most common cause of pediatric emergency visits is trauma. Injury from a fall/accident, fight or sports is the most frequent reason behind ER visits of school age kids. Also included are cases of poisoning where a child ingests a toxic chemical.
Breathing problems like asthma and COPD, or airway obstruction due to foreign body ingestion.
- Infectious and parasitic diseases
Fever of unknown origin which may or may not be accompanied by a host of other symptoms can present as an emergency.
Stomach ache, abdominal distension, intestinal obstruction, diarrhea, severe vomiting, haematemesis (blood in vomit) are all pediatric emergencies.
- Skin and subcutaneous tissue problems
Measles and chicken pox are very common in unvaccinated children and other skin lesions such as allergies and insect bites can all lead to ER visits.
- Genitourinary problems
Urinary tract infections are common in children because of an unhygienic lifestyle and may result in severe pelvic pain leading to an ER visit.
Given the range of ailments that could bring your child into the emergency room, it is important to find a place that specializes in emergency pediatric care. SignatureCare Emergency Centers not are not only prepared with board certified ER physicians but they also have pediatric observation rooms for children that need to spend a duration of time in the Emergency Room. The low wait times at SignatureCare facilities make seeking emergency services particularly efficient while dealing with a restless child.
SignatureCare Facilities have state-of-the-art technology, onsite lab services and onsite imaging. They are located throughout Texas in Austin, Houston Heights, Montrose, Stafford, Memorial City, Mission Bend and College Station. Head to www.ercare24.conm to see which facility is closest to you or to check in online.