Top 15 Reasons for ER Visits for Children
According to a report published by the NCBI, over a quarter of an estimated 115.3 million visits to hospital affiliated emergency departments were from children. The report continues to state that about half a million of the visits resulted in hospital admission. Children are naturally prone to illnesses due to their weak immune systems and have a higher chance of interacting with germs and accidents because they are curious and tend to wander.
Bellaire ER offers quality pediatric emergency treatment for all children. We have an emergency pediatric emergency care center. Here are some of the top reasons for pediatric ER visits based on some information from the NCBI and CDC.
Injuries accounted for more than 30% of the emergency room visits. Superficial injuries such as open wounds, bruises, sprains and broken arms are common among children. Most of the injuries were treat and release, while only an estimated 2% resulted in hospital admissions. Bellaire ER has all the necessary staff and equipment to handle any injuries among children.
Poisoning is common among children because their judgment of what is healthy or unhealthy is limited. Cleaning solutions kept in kitchen cabinets are common causes of accidental poisoning. Food poisoning may also occur because children will easily consume stale foods without adult supervision.
Vehicle-related accidents happen every day, and children are also accident victims. Whether they walk into the roads by accident or happen to be in the vehicles when the crashes happen, most of them end up in the ER. The car crashes lead to other complications such as concussions, injuries, and bone fractures that require immediate medical attention.
Asthma, pneumonia, and bronchitis are some of the most common respiratory conditions affecting children. These conditions result in difficulty in breathing and are therefore severe. Around 133,900 ER visits resulted in hospital stays among the children, proving the severity of respiratory disorders. Asthmatic children are advised to stay away from triggers and always carry their inhalers with them.
Upper respiratory infections accounted for 11.6% of the ER visits. The infections include sinusitis, croup, and strep throat. Ear infections accounted for 6.5% while viral infections accounted for 3.3% of the visits in the 23 study states.
These include sprains and fractures caused by accidents such as falling down the stairs or falling off a bike. These injuries are common, and Bellaire ER can easily treat them. The injuries may require casts, and future physical therapy, exercise, and even surgery.
Nervous System Disorders
Concussions are common nervous disorders that may occur during sports. A concussion disrupts normal brain activity and a child suffering from it will appear dazed, may be irritable, cries and may change sleeping and eating habits. Seizures caused by epilepsy may also need urgent medical care.
According to the CDC, pinworm infections are common among pre-school children. Both preschool and school-age children could easily get scabies or head-lice that is easily spread through contact. Other diseases caused by the roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm cause diarrhea, abdominal pains, intestinal obstruction, and anemia, are easily contacted through ingesting contaminated soil. Infections are also easily transmitted through contaminated water in recreational parks and pools.
Digestive disorders such as stomach aches, bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation are common among children of all ages. These disorders may be caused by other disorders such as food poisoning, infections, and even appendicitis. A quick visit to the ER is therefore important in determining the severity of the condition.
Appendicitis is a common condition that is usually fixed through surgery. Usually, the appendix is inflamed, and if not detected in time, it could rupture causing more complications. Generic appendicitis signs do not occur among children and parents are advised to look out for the following symptoms: sharp pain in the abdomen, especially in the lower right region, generic symptoms such as nausea vomiting, and lack of appetite may also occur.
A disorder such as diabetes may cause frequent urination among children and even bed wetting. Other complications include weight loss and extreme hunger due to a limited sugar supply. Fatigue, irritability, blurred vision, and even irritability among children.
Young babies may develop rashes from wearing diapers, and may also develop an overgrowth of yeast due to unhygienic conditions. Most children easily contract urinary tract infections that cause pain when urinating. Yeast infections are also common, especially in girls and should be attended to immediately.
Skin disorders may occur when children get burns or experience sunburns. Other rashes may also develop due to contact with poisonous plants or substances. Babies may develop diaper rashes. Allergens trigger other conditions such as Eczema.
Also known as the pink eye, this is a disorder that affects the white part of the eye, which turns pink. It may be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergens, and irritants such as shampoo, dirt, and smoke.
Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions
Bipolar disorder and depression can occur among children and may cause rash decisions among children. Children with these conditions may inflict harm on themselves and require special treatment. Bellaire ER may take care of self-inflicted cuts, but mental disorders require special treatment in a hospital.
Bellaire ER is well equipped to handle pediatric emergencies. Our state-of-the-art facility provides a quick diagnosis and treatment options for our pediatric patients. In case of any emergency, visit Bellaire ER today for quality treatment for your children.