Reasons Kids Are Admitted to the Emergency Room

75% of kids’ visits to the ER happen after traditional hours. When your child is injured or sick, it’s natural to panic and go straight to the emergency room. The reasons why kids go to the emergency room range far and wide.

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Head Injuries

Whether it is from falling off of their bike or scooter. Children taken to the emergency room are there for trauma-related injuries. Even though wearing adequate head protection can help to prevent these types of injuries, head trauma can still occur.

Sprains and Broken Bones

Musculoskeletal injuries, which include everything from ankle sprains to broken bones. These can happen from a variety of different accidents, such as falling from playground equipment or falling off a bike. The first thought may be to take a child with a broken bone to the local urgent care. It’s best to take them to the ER!

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. If your child has asthma and can breathe without difficulty after using an inhaler, a visit to urgent care may be sufficient. However, if your child is struggling to breathe after using a rescue inhaler, their skin and/or lips are blue, or they are less active than usual after an attack, they should be seen in the emergency room.

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

Furthermore, diarrhea, vomiting, and/or stomach pains are also common reasons for children to visit the emergency room. If they are suffering from severe stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. It’s best to make a trip to the ER immediately.

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. But if you need us, Surepoint Emergency Center is here.


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