As we move into the colder months, children become a lot more susceptible to illnesses, including flu and the common cold. When kids get sick, it’s important to seek treatment quickly in order to avoid potential complications and more serious conditions.
When your child is suffering from any non-life threatening injury or illness, Centennial Medical Center is a great healthcare resource to turn to. We have a team of board-certified professionals that specialize in pediatric healthcare– including necessary vaccinations and school/sports physicals.
When should you go to the ER & when should you go to Urgent Care?
If you have a infant, no matter how slight the illness or injury may be, you should go to the ER. When children are that young, an emergency room is the best option. Kids that age can present their illnesses differently and oftentimes need an infant specialist.
However, if your child is over two years of age, visiting an urgent care is a superior option for quality, efficient pediatric care. When kids are sick, we want to treat their symptoms as quickly as possible! The team at Centennial Medical Center is equipped with the necessary experience for properly diagnosing acute injuries and illnesses in children, all while skipping the long wait times of emergency rooms.
What health conditions can urgent care treat for my child?
Beyond vaccinations and physicals, Centennial Medical Center can treat a variety of pediatric health conditions.
Some of the conditions that Centennial Medical Center can treat include:
- Minor sports injuries
- Minor bone fractures
- Minor burns
- Cuts that require stitches
- Coughs, sore throats, high fevers, and flu
- Earaches, sinus pain, minor headaches
- Rashes and skin problems
- Urinary tract infections
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain
Treating Children’s Flu and Cold Symptoms at Urgent Care
Influenza causes illness in people of all ages, even healthy children. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect your child and your family from flu infection– any person over the age of 6 months can receive the vaccine.
Children’s flu symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Aches and pains
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Sore throat
- Temperature exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit
In children, cold symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Trouble sleeping
- Stuffy, runny nose
- Sore throat
- Mild hacking cough
- Sore throat
- Achy muscles and bones
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Visit Centennial Medical Center so medical professionals can distinguish which illness your child has.
Pediatric Urgent Care at Centennial Medical Center
When it comes to your child’s health and wellness this fall, Centennial Medical Center has you covered with quality pediatric urgent care. The clinic offers treatment for many different general illnesses, and can analyze your child’s specific symptoms to get a proper diagnosis. Visit our urgent care center with no appointment necessary. If you have any more questions about our services, walk-in or call today at (410) 730-3399.