Pediatric Urgent Care Questions and Answers
If your child has become suddenly ill or has suffered an injury, waiting for your regular pediatrician isn’t an option. For non-life threatening illnesses and injuries, skip the expensive emergency room and visit Rapid City Healthcare. Our state of the art urgent care center is staffed with board-certified doctors who have years of experience in treating children. Let us help your child feel better and reduce your stress. Our facility in Irving, TX is kid friendly and we’ll be able to diagnose your child’s ailment quickly and accurately. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online.
No illness or injury is planned, especially when they happen to our children. A lot of the time, an injury or sickness happens when we least expect them, and this often falls outside the office hours of our primary care physicians. For people who are not familiar with all of the available healthcare options, they often resort to the emergency room, even if the ailment is minor. However, as more and more people learn about the availability and convenience of urgent care centers, they are better able to address their needs and the needs of their children.
Should I take my child to the ER or urgent care?
It can be difficult to tell when your child needs emergency care or urgent care, especially because any health problems in children often cause concern in parents. Situations that are considered an emergency include:
- Children less than 2 months old with a fever over 100.4º F
- Broken bones, particularly if there is visible swelling
- Head injuries that cause a change in consciousness (passing out), even if only for a few seconds
- Dehydration (very dry lips and mouth, lethargy and confusion, passing no urine for more than 12 hours)
- Difficulty breathing (heavy, fast breathing, gasping for air)
- Gaping cuts on the face
Situations better handled at an urgent care include:
- Fever accompanied by cold symptoms (suspected flu)
- Ear infections
- Sore throats, including strep infection
- Pink eye, also known as infectious conjunctivitis
- Mild vomiting or diarrhea without blood in the stool (if signs of dehydration are present, take them to emergency care right away)
What is the difference between urgent care and a walk in clinic?
Although urgent care centers and walk-in clinics share a lot in common, they have a few important distinctions, such as:
Urgent care centers are typically:
- Open late during evenings and on weekends
- Staffed with a physician and other medical professionals
- Able to offer lab services, such as x-rays
- Able to provide care for more types of ailments
Walk-in clinics are usually:
- Open later than a doctor’s office, but still have more limited hours than an urgent care center
- Staffed with a physician assistant or nurse
- Only able to offer basic services
- Only able to treat a limited number of illnesses, injuries and other medical concerns
The majority of urgent care clinics accept patients with or without an appointment, and therefore are considered a ‘walk-in’ clinic. However, they are equipped to handle more pressing concerns than a standard walk-in clinic, making them a great choice for urgent situations that are not life-threatening.
What ages does a pediatrician treat?
Pediatric care may begin around the time of conception and continues through gestation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Although adolescence and young adulthood are recognizable phases of life, an upper age limit for pediatric care is not easily distinguishable and varies depending on the needs of the individual patient. Many pediatricians treat patients until they are 18 or 21 years of age.
What can a pediatric urgent care treat?
Pediatric urgent care can handle a wide number of childhood and adolescent concerns, from common illnesses and injuries to the management of medical conditions. At Rapid City Healthcare, we treat the following conditions:
- Ear Infection
- Pink Eye
- Sore Throat/Strep throat
- Cough, Cold, Flu
- Skin Rash
- Stomach Pain
- Camp, School and Sports Physicals
- Childhood Illness
If your child is in need of healthcare services, come to Rapid City Healthcare today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating illnesses and injuries that commonly affect children and can help your little one feel better, sooner. Call us today at (214) 239-4044 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 800 W Airport Fwy, Suite 100, Irving, TX 75062. Our office is open seven days a week: Urgent Care is open everyday from 8 AM to 10 PM, and Primary Care is open everyday from 9 AM to 5 PM. We also offer Virtual Visits on Monday from 8 AM to 10 PM. We serve patients from Irving TX, Euless TX, Grand Prairie TX, Bedford TX, Arlington TX, Dallas TX, Flower Mound TX, Carrollton TX, Coppell TX, Grapevine TX, Farmers Branch TX, and Fort Worth TX. Looking forward to serve you!