Take These Concerns To Your Family Doctor, Not To The Emergency Room

If you've ever sat in the waiting room of the emergency department of your local hospital and bemoaned the wait time, it's possible that people ahead of you were visiting the hospital without proper justification to do so. Many people are quick to visit the emergency room when their children suffer a wide range of non-emergency ailments. And while you can't blame people for wanting care right away, you don't want to among this inconsiderate group. When your child has a non-life-threatening medical issue, it's important to quickly assess whether a hospital visit is required. In many cases, scheduling an appointment with your family doctor will suffice. Here are some issues that you should take to your family doctor.

Cold Symptoms

Children suffer from colds at many times throughout the year, and even when the symptoms are aggravating, they're not often serious. There's little point in going to the emergency room with a child who has a cold. The emergency room staff can't do anything for a cold to begin with, and you might be asked to simply visit your family doctor. If your child's cold symptoms persist and do not seem to be lessening, it's a good idea to visit your family doctor for some simple tests.

Allergic Reactions

While it's important to visit the emergency room when your child suffers serious allergic reactions, you don't need to take this approach for minor allergies. For example, if your child eats something that makes him or her flushed, or he or she plays outside in the springtime and feels congested afterward, these aren't issues that require urgent care. Instead, call your family doctor's office to schedule a checkup. Your family doctor can assess your child and then refer him or her to an allergy specialist, if required.

Aches And Pains

It's never pleasant to watch your child suffering from aches and pains, but these aren't often serious if there hasn't been an acute injury or the pain doesn't seem extremely intense. For example, if your child twisted his or her ankle but is able to walk around on it, you're likely dealing with a bruise and some discomfort, but nothing that requires urgent care. Similarly, if your child has fallen off his or her bike and has a skinned knee and a bruised elbow, these are issues that will go away on their own and that an emergency room doctor can't do much to help.