ER vs Urgent Care

By , October 1st, 2015 | News, Safety, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

ER vs Urgent CareWhen faced with a medical crisis, it can be tough to know if it’s best to take your child to the emergency room or an urgent care facility.

Knowing where to go is important so your child receives the best and quickest treatment if they are injured or seriously ill.

Take your child to the ER for the following:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma or severe shortage of breath
  • Fever (infants less than two months old)
  • Choking or poisoning
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Fainting, confusion or seizures
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Severe bleeding

If you have a true emergency, go straight to the ER or call 911.

If you determine your child’s condition isn’t life-threatening but needs to be taken care …

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Resistant Head Lice, What Are Parents To Do?

By , September 17th, 2015 | News, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Resistant Head LiceChelsea Wicks, MD, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

New research shows that in 25 out of 30 states evaluated, head lice are becoming resistant to the standard, over-the-counter treatments. These resistant bugs have been known to be out there for quite some time, but they are becoming much more prevalent and especially with school back in session, is causing significant parental anxiety.

The typical treatments consist of permetherin based products. However, just like many microscopic organisms, the lice are mutating to become stronger and resistant against these medications. The good news is lice have never carried disease, and this is still the case. The bad news is these bugs are still very annoying and are …

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When to Worry About a Fever

By , September 10th, 2015 | Infant Care, Toddler Care, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Chelsea Wicks, MD, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics 

When to Worry About a FeverUnless your child is less than  two months old, there is no magic number as when he or she has a fever. In newborns, fever is often the only sign of a serious bacterial infection.  In that case a baby with a temperature over 100.4 needs to be evaluated as soon as possible.

In older kids, I honestly don’t have a number for fever that worries me. My primary concern is how the child is acting. I have had children with 104 degree fever running around, playing and eating well. On the other hand, I’ve seen others with a 100 degree temperature who are …

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