An urgent medical need can arise at any time of day or night, leaving parents in a stressful scenario and uncertain where to turn for help. For those in the Kailua-Kona area of Hawaii, Edwin P. Herd, MD, is an excellent resource for pediatric urgent care. He has the skill and experience needed to quickly determine the scope of your child’s needs and provide the right level of care as quickly as possible. If you encounter a pediatric urgent care need, call Dr. Herd’s office to determine your next steps.
Pediatric urgent care can be thought of as a bridge that spans the gap between a medical need that should be met in an emergency room, and one that can be addressed in your pediatrician’s office during normal business hours. It covers a wide range of illnesses and conditions and helps your child get the care he or she needs at the appropriate time.
To begin, let’s talk about some medical needs that cannot be addressed in an urgent care setting. If your child has sustained an injury with bleeding that cannot be controlled, is unable to breathe, or has sustained a significant traumatic injury, your local emergency room is the best place for care.
However, many other issues can be effectively treated by Dr. Herd in an urgent care setting. These include:
This is far from a comprehensive list. The best way to proceed is to contact Dr. Herd’s office by phone to discuss your child’s symptoms. You’ll be directed to the proper treatment source.
There are some conditions that merit a trip to the emergency room, where a team of skilled emergency specialists and surgeons is available. In many cases, however, parents take their child to the emergency room for treatment of a condition that is not actually an emergency.
Not only does that tie up essential resources for true emergency patients, but it also places you and your child in a setting that is not ideal. Emergency room waiting areas are often loud, frightening places where the risk of exposure to some very serious germs is always present.
The cost of emergency care is also an issue for many families. When care can be found in a more comfortable setting at a reduced cost, pediatric urgent care makes much more sense than a needless trip to the ER.
If you’re unsure whether your child’s condition requires pediatric urgent care, call Dr. Herd for guidance. You’ll be directed to the proper path to find quick and effective relief.