As a parent, you want the best for your children, regardless of the situation. When illness strikes, it’s a natural reaction to fear the worst, even when your child’s symptoms and your experience tell you it’s most likely a minor problem.
You’re hardly alone. It’s one of the reasons behind backlogs of acute pediatric cases in emergency rooms across the country. Parents play it safe when it comes to their children’s health, but the fact is, choosing the right level of care is an important part of your child’s care.
At Abdow Friendship Pediatrics in Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Victor Abdow and our team offer 24/7 after-hours care so you always have access to our pediatricians. Often, a quick call can clarify where to turn when the danger of a health issue isn’t immediately obvious.
To further help you select the right level of care, we’ve prepared this guide to distinguish between noncritical illnesses and true emergencies.
There are situations where the emergency room is the right choice. While these tend to be obvious, the heat of the moment can interrupt clear thinking. Bring your child to an emergency room when they experience:
Any health incident that produces a marked, dramatic change in your child’s mood, behavior, or cognitive state may require emergency care.
As a patient of our practice, feel free to contact us when your child shows symptoms of nonemergency illnesses. Some of the common reasons for after-hours calls are:
When in doubt about the right level of care, our doctors can help you make the right decision between waiting for an office visit or proceeding directly to the emergency department.
For conventional childhood illnesses and well child exams, contact our office by phone or online to schedule an appointment. We’re always ready to help at Abdow Friendship Pediatrics, so book your visit now.