Making the Right Call
When your child requires medical care in the evening or on a weekend, it’s important to assess the following:
1. Is the injury life-threatening – should I call 911 or get to an emergency room?
2. Can the injury wait until the pediatrician’s office opens? Can he or she hold out an extra day if they’re booked?
3. Does my child need medical attention now, for a non-life-threatening illness or injury?
- If you answered “Yes” to #1 for a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room immediately.
- If you answered “Yes” to #2, you don’t consider your child’s condition severe, or you’re comfortable treating some of the symptoms yourself, long enough to get an appointment.
- If you answered “Yes” to #3, you should visit an urgent care facility to evaluate the illness or injury.
Premier Urgent Care locations welcome walk-ins from 9:00am – 9:00pm, 365 days a year. Our professional medical staff has the experience and technology to treat the following:
– Broken bones
– Muscle strains
– Allergic reactions
– Asthma attacks
– Cold and flu
– Viral illnesses
– All other common illnesses
– Minor surgical procedures
As a parent, you never want to see your child hurt or in pain. So, watching aggressive soccer match-ups, football games and gymnastics competitions, for example, can be very stressful. Will your child get kicked, tackled or fall? What if another child gets hurt? Although uniforms provide protection and practice helps prevent accidents, injuries still happen.
Johns Hopkins estimates that about 30 million children and teens in the U.S. participate in some type of organized sport. Unfortunately, many children sustain injuries during these after-school and weekend activities. Johns Hopkins reported that most organized sports-related injuries – 62 percent – actually occur during practices, when doctors’ offices are closed.
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics found that more than 3.5 million children, ages 14 and younger, are injured every year playing sports or participating in recreational activities.
If your child suffers a bruised ankle during a soccer game, you can forgo a long wait in an emergency room and visit an urgent care facility equipped with digital X-ray equipment. Your child can be seen quickly for an evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, providing you with the peace of mind that you made the right decision about their care.
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics also concluded that more than 775,000 children, ages 14 and under, are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year with sports-related injuries. (This statistic does not include most high school-aged athletes.) The report showed that most of the injuries resulted from a fall, getting hit by an object, a collision, and overexertion during unorganized or informal sports activities.
If you have an active child who joins pick-up basketball games or plays sports in a competitive league, keep bandages and ice packs on hand for the inevitable scrapes or bruised knee. For the next level of treatment, ask yourself what the best course of action should be. It’s time to be the coach and make the call.