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Do you ever take your child to the ER for nonemergency reasons

Posted by on May. 7, 2012 at 12:18 AM
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such as an ear ache, stomach ache or things like that? I am just asking because I have noticed that there are several people that I know in real life that do and I have to be honest, it really bugs me. If their kid was running a high temp and super sick, I could understand it, but once they took their kid because they had a cold, nothing more. Tonight their child has an ear ache and they took her for no other reason than that. The reason that it bugs me is because I feel that these people use the ER for their personal doctor office when their are true emergencies out there that the staff are needed for. If you go to the ER here before 11:00 there is something called fast track, kind of like a quick care clinic, but these people always wait until it is too late to go. I just don't see the point in using the ER for such nonemergent reasons.If you do this, can you explain to me why so I might be able to understand because I truly don't get it.

Sorry, I just had to get that out.

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Ladybug.Hugs
by on May. 7, 2012 at 12:30 AM

I've done it before when my son had an ear ache-which turned out to be an ear infection and he had to have medicine for it...It's not easy to take my children to the family doctor because when I call they always tell me to schedule an appointment..Sometimes their appointments aren't for a week or two, I want to make sure my kid is okay, I don't want to have to wait to find out..Soooo that's what the ER is there for.

psych_mom
by Stacy on May. 7, 2012 at 12:35 AM
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If you can't get an appointment that is understandable. My frustration is in the people whose first reaction is to go to the ER before even trying to go to the doctor's office. Most of the doctors offices here have emergency appointments in their schedules unless they are a specialist. For me or my kids I have never had to wait more than 24 hours to get into see a doctor and if one of us is sick we usually get an appointment that day. We live in a town that is full of doctors so getting an appointment here isn't the issue, but I know that in other places that mught be it. I would never want a mom to let her child suffer for days or a week to see a doctor.

Quoting Ladybug.Hugs:

I've done it before when my son had an ear ache-which turned out to be an ear infection and he had to have medicine for it...It's not easy to take my children to the family doctor because when I call they always tell me to schedule an appointment..Sometimes their appointments aren't for a week or two, I want to make sure my kid is okay, I don't want to have to wait to find out..Soooo that's what the ER is there for.


SassyWildflower
by on May. 7, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Nope. Unless they are running high fevers or acting like they are in severe pain or other obvious signs that it could be something really bad, we wait to get in at the doc. The girls doc was my ped. when i was younger. She's great. Always makes room for kids that need to be seen, esp if the parent is really concerned.

When you can't get an appt. say on a weekend or something, the ER here offers what they call RAZZ--basically an ER-run clinic for non emergency cases. We HAVE taken the girls there when needed.  

IF for some reason they cant get in at the doc, there are several clinics here (quick clinics & well care clinics) that we'd try. 

telecomgirl
by on May. 7, 2012 at 12:51 AM

My husband's cousin takes herself and her kids to the ER for everything, from a sprained ankle, toothache, rash, bad cold, she's even taken them as babies when they had cradle cap. Yeah, messed up I know.

Her excuse is she doesn't want to wait for an appointment at a clinic when she knows they can be seen right away in a hospital. Plus she's on state aid, and doesn't pay a penny for a visit, and has said she doesn't understand why not, when it's all paid for already. Ugh.

I HATE going to the ER. Our insurance has urgent care clinics we go to if it can't wait till the next business day for a regular doctor's appt, but we avoid the ER at all costs.

psych_mom
by Stacy on May. 7, 2012 at 12:52 AM

We have several quick care clinics here as well as one in the ER before 11:00pm. That is another thing that I don't understand about this mom, she usually waits until all quick care clinics are closed before she will go. Maybe she just finds fun in sitting in the ER all night long...

Quoting SassyWildflower:

Nope. Unless they are running high fevers or acting like they are in severe pain or other obvious signs that it could be something really bad, we wait to get in at the doc. The girls doc was my ped. when i was younger. She's great. Always makes room for kids that need to be seen, esp if the parent is really concerned.

When you can't get an appt. say on a weekend or something, the ER here offers what they call RAZZ--basically an ER-run clinic for non emergency cases. We HAVE taken the girls there when needed.  

IF for some reason they cant get in at the doc, there are several clinics here (quick clinics & well care clinics) that we'd try. 


SassyWildflower
by on May. 7, 2012 at 12:54 AM

lol..More power to her. I hate the ER and avoid it when i can.

Quoting psych_mom:

We have several quick care clinics here as well as one in the ER before 11:00pm. That is another thing that I don't understand about this mom, she usually waits until all quick care clinics are closed before she will go. Maybe she just finds fun in sitting in the ER all night long...

Quoting SassyWildflower:

Nope. Unless they are running high fevers or acting like they are in severe pain or other obvious signs that it could be something really bad, we wait to get in at the doc. The girls doc was my ped. when i was younger. She's great. Always makes room for kids that need to be seen, esp if the parent is really concerned.

When you can't get an appt. say on a weekend or something, the ER here offers what they call RAZZ--basically an ER-run clinic for non emergency cases. We HAVE taken the girls there when needed.  

IF for some reason they cant get in at the doc, there are several clinics here (quick clinics & well care clinics) that we'd try. 



psych_mom
by Stacy on May. 7, 2012 at 12:55 AM

The moms that I know that rush to er for everything are on state insurance as well. The insurance will pay for great doctors and quick care clinics, but even if they are open they prefer to wait until after hours to go to the ER. I just don't get it. I hate the ER, the copay is higher and service you get isn't personal, the doctor knows nothing about you and the nurses are hurried.

Quoting telecomgirl:

My husband's cousin takes herself and her kids to the ER for everything, from a sprained ankle, toothache, rash, bad cold, she's even taken them as babies when they had cradle cap. Yeah, messed up I know.

Her excuse is she doesn't want to wait for an appointment at a clinic when she knows they can be seen right away in a hospital. Plus she's on state aid, and doesn't pay a penny for a visit, and has said she doesn't understand why not, when it's all paid for already. Ugh.

I HATE going to the ER. Our insurance has urgent care clinics we go to if it can't wait till the next business day for a regular doctor's appt, but we avoid the ER at all costs.


psych_mom
by Stacy on May. 7, 2012 at 12:56 AM

LOL, me too!

Quoting SassyWildflower:

lol..More power to her. I hate the ER and avoid it when i can.

Quoting psych_mom:

We have several quick care clinics here as well as one in the ER before 11:00pm. That is another thing that I don't understand about this mom, she usually waits until all quick care clinics are closed before she will go. Maybe she just finds fun in sitting in the ER all night long...

Quoting SassyWildflower:

Nope. Unless they are running high fevers or acting like they are in severe pain or other obvious signs that it could be something really bad, we wait to get in at the doc. The girls doc was my ped. when i was younger. She's great. Always makes room for kids that need to be seen, esp if the parent is really concerned.

When you can't get an appt. say on a weekend or something, the ER here offers what they call RAZZ--basically an ER-run clinic for non emergency cases. We HAVE taken the girls there when needed.  

IF for some reason they cant get in at the doc, there are several clinics here (quick clinics & well care clinics) that we'd try. 




TamlynM2B
by on May. 7, 2012 at 12:56 AM

The three reasons I have taken my daughter to the ER is she had a fever of 105.6, she had a rash when I left for work that was the size of a quarter and when I got home it had spread to all of her leg and part of her stomach, and i thought she had gotten ahold of a bottle of excedrin.

psych_mom
by Stacy on May. 7, 2012 at 1:00 AM

All valid reasons... and only three times, not a hibitual user of the ER:)

Quoting TamlynM2B:

The three reasons I have taken my daughter to the ER is she had a fever of 105.6, she had a rash when I left for work that was the size of a quarter and when I got home it had spread to all of her leg and part of her stomach, and i thought she had gotten ahold of a bottle of excedrin.


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