Pediatric Care: When You Should Bring Your Child to the Doctor

As a parent, you have your fair share of dealing with scrapes and illnesses — especially if you have multiple children. In fact, it may seem like not a day goes by without some incident. It’s good to have a doctor nearby for pediatric care.

Each day is filled with minor catastrophes, and when things go right, you feel like you have really achieved something. Inevitably questions arise? Which injuries and illnesses require a trip to the doctor and which do not? Here, Garden State Medical Group shares some of the most common signs that mean it’s time to seek pediatric care.

  1. Fever That Doesn’t Lower: Low-grade fevers are common for children, especially if their cutting teeth. These low-grade fevers can be attended to at home. But when you’ve administered the appropriate dosage of medicine and the fever doesn’t start to go lower—or worse—continues to rise, it’s time to see the doctor. In general if a fever remains over the 100 degrees Fahrenheit mark, it’s time to head to the pediatric doctor.
  2. Continuous Vomiting Multiple Times Each Hour: The infamous stomach viruses are inevitable, but cause for concern becomes the case if the vomiting continues even after your child has nothing left in his stomach and he doesn’t start to feel better within a couple of hours. The North Bergen Doctors say this means that something is amiss, such as moderate food poisoning, and it’s best to call your pediatric doctor.
  3. Bleeding After a Bandage is Applied: Cuts and scrapes are inevitable but when a cut seems too deep, or if the bleeding continues steadily and increases over time, it’s time for a visit to the doctor. Similarly, if the cut is deep and relatively close to a major blood vessel, then it’s time to bring the child in. This is so that the wound can be closed with stitches. Wounds which don’t close properly are prime candidates for infection, and it’s far better to prevent the infection at the outset than treat it later.
  4. Rash: Most rashes fade but if your child has tiny red dots on her chest, back, arms, or legs that don’t fade, you should visit the doctor. This could be the sign of a serious infection such as meningitis or a disease of the blood vessels.
  5. Breathing: According to Physicians in North Bergen, New Jersey children with breathing problems inhale and exhale very quickly, and when this happens you’ll notice that a spot in the middle of their chest sinks in. Noisy, high-pitched and rapid wheezing or grunting indicates a child struggling for air, usually during an asthma attack or a respiratory infection. If you can see the space between his ribs being pulled in with every breath, there’s reason to get medical help at the nearest primary care physician, New Jersey or anywhere.

Set up an appointment today with Garden State Medical Group to get pediatric care for your child, and have them feeling better!

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