What is Pediatric Urgent Care?
Despite our children’s delightful precociousness, the reality is that they aren’t tiny adults and the health care they receive should be tailored to their specific needs. Pediatric Urgent Care is an option for most of the non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries that affect otherwise active and healthy children.
What is a Pediatric Urgent Care?
A Pediatric Urgent Care specializes in the care of children, from cradle to college. Stocked with the tools and equipment necessary to care for children of all sizes, Pediatric Urgent Care Centers offer extended hours that include nights and weekends, making them an ideal alternative to your pediatrician’s office and the emergency room, not to mention they are often more time efficient and affordable.
What services (care, treatments, etc?) does a Pediatric Urgent Care offer?
A Pediatric Urgent Care offers care for acute and minor injuries and illnesses in children and adolescents. A comprehensive list of services will be offered by a specific Pediatric Urgent Care, but a sample treatment list might include:
- Ear pain
- Eye problems
- Foreign object removal from noses/ears/etc.
- Intravenous administration of medications and fluids
- Light sedation, including nasal administration of medication for painful procedures
- Minor fracture care
- Minor head trauma/concussion
- Pediatric specific laboratory services
- Pediatric specific X-ray
- Sore throats
- Sports physicals
- Stomach aches
- Tissue glue wound closure
- Urinary tract infection
Why would I choose a Pediatric Urgent Care?
Just because you are a responsible parent, it doesn’t mean you should be subjected to exorbitant fees, hours of waiting, or uncomfortable spaces to get treatment for your child. Pediatric Urgent Care Centers offer a warm, welcoming and safe place for children and families to wait; lower fees for procedures; are staffed with people specifically trained in the care of children; and prompt services that save time and stress. There are some times you need an emergency room visit, but unless your child is suffering from a severe or life-threatening illness or injury, you may want to head to the nearest Pediatric Urgent Care instead.