I've taken my kids to the er a few times, probably not more than six though between the three of them. In fact I avoid taking my kids to the doctor at all unless its absolutely necessary. I don't get why some parents can't seem to get what an er is really for. It is an "emergency" room.
as a manager of a restaurant I am always getting these ER notes for kids for things they didn't even need to go for. Low grade fevers, rash, things that aren't emergencies.
I guess it may be more attractive to some to err on the side of caution but seeing as how I usually contract more sickness from sitting in a germy waiting room waiting to be seen than anywhere else.
does anyone eLse feel like parents over use the er? I get irritated when my kids have to wait behind 30 kids with hiccups LOL.
update. My point was that I didn't understand why people use ers instead of just going to a clinic when an er visit is CLEARLY not warranted.
i wasn't implying all parent overuse the er I was simply stating some parents get so up in arms that the first sign of distress they run into the emergency room, subsequently missing work and bogging down the er with unnecessary patients and in some cases, wasting tax dollars to the extreme.