In 2016, more than 20 percent of emergency room visits were children under the age of 18.  Although this statistic can be a scary reality for parents, being educated on the signs and symptoms of pediatric emergencies can keep you prepared. Here are some of the most common reasons children are taken to the ER:

  • Acute upper respiratory infections
    • Cough, sore throat, ear pain, nasal congestion, sinus pain, and headache
  • High Fever
    • Any temperature of 100.4 F or higher
  • Ear infection
    • Ear pain, change in hearing, fever, drainage from the ear, and swelling
  • Contusion
    • Deep bruising, crush injury, or limb swelling
  • Cellulitis
    • Bacterial infection of the skin
  • Abdominal pain
    • Pain often associated with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and loss of appetite
  • Sore throat / Strep throat
    • Pain with swallowing foods or liquids, swollen tonsils, white spots in the throat, sores, or lesions in the mouth
  • Viral infections
    • Fever, body aches, runny nose, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and cough
  • Fractures, sprains, and strains
    • Traumatic injury to the arms, legs, hands, feet, ankles, knees, hips, or back
  • Conjunctivitis
    • “Pink eye,” eye infections, eye trauma, foreign body to the eye, discharge or drainage from the eye
  • Asthma
    • Wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and cough
  • Urinary Tract Infections
    • Pain or burning with urination, frequent urination, urinary urgency, and flank pain: often associated with abdominal pain and nausea/vomiting
    • In children, frequently a cause of unexplained fever, especially under the age of 2

According to the CDC,  these medical issues are recognized in children most often in the evenings and on the weekends, making the emergency rooms like Lonestar 24 HR ER the best option for immediate care. However, Lonestar 24 HR ER understands the importance of continuity in care. For this reason, we always offer a follow up conversation with your child’s primary care physician after their emergency room visit.

For more information regarding Lonestar 24 HR ER’s adult and pediatric emergency care please call 830-627-0911 and speak with one of our Board Certified emergency physicians, or one of our highly experienced nurses.