Acute and Urgent CareWhile there are many common illnesses that children experience that can be addressed with a next-day appointment at our office, sometimes there is a need for urgent care for children. The attentive staff at High Tide Internal Medicine can provide the acute care your child needs so that they can get back to feeling better fast!
Some medical situations require immediate care, and your child should be taken to an emergency room or urgent care clinic. These situations include broken bones, sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arms, or legs, difficulty speaking, sudden confusion, sudden chest pain, or sudden difficulty breathing. If you are unable to quickly reach medical care during one of these emergencies, call 911.
For other acute medical care needs, our internal medicine practice is here to treat your child. This includes medical issues such as:
- Minor Cuts: Many small cuts can be treated at home with your first aid kit, but our physicians are here to help out with minor cuts that need a little extra attention. You should also bring your child in to see us if their cut shows signs of infection, or if your child has not had a tetanus shot within the last 5 years. If the laceration is large and/or will not stop bleeding, seek immediate emergency medical care for your child.
- Bumps and Bruises: Kids play hard, and bumps and bruises will happen. If their injury seems like a little more than the usual little bump or bruise, let us take a look. Bumps or bruises that you will want to have looked at by a doctor include those that begin within 30 minutes of an injury and/or are accompanied by severe pain and swelling, bumps and bruises that cause strong or persistent pain two or three days after the injury, and those with unexplained sources that don’t seem to have been caused by an impact.
- Flu-Like Symptoms: Several illnesses can present with symptoms that seem like the flu, and the flu itself sometimes needs medical care. If your child has symptoms of something that is more than just a cold, such as a fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, a cough that gets worse, tiredness, and a runny or stuffy nose, we can provide treatment to help them feel better sooner.
- Skin Rashes: Just like bumps and bruises, skin rashes aren’t uncommon in kids who play hard. Rashes can be caused by a number of things, from an allergic reaction or an insect bite to an infection or something else. Our healthcare providers will examine the rash to provide a diagnosis and treatment to get it cleared up.
- Asthma: A child experiencing a severe asthma attacks or asthma flare-up or who seems to be in respiratory distress should immediately be taken to an emergency room or urgent clinic. For less severe flare-ups, we can provide treatment that helps your child feel better and breathe easier.