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Old 11-20-2012, 02:37 PM   #24
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Re: When to take infant to ER?

Originally Posted by mekat View Post
A hospital is a wonderful place to go when you need that level of help but unnecessarily taking a sick child with an immune system already taxed from fighting one pathogen into a room swimming with highly virulent pathogens is not a good idea.
Agree. Besides, an ER visit is quite costly, especially if more than likely they would just tell you to go home and keep an eye on him. We recently had to take our DS to the ER for a severe cut on his finger, but they were unable to stitch it. All they did was put a bandaid on it, then charged us $650. Not everyone can afford to run to the ER for every little thing.

Originally Posted by raymark View Post
They are only trained to give advise based on the info presented during the call. They are not able to mind read & understand potentially significant symptoms or medical history that the caller forgot, failed to notice themselves, or did not know to mention. And like any other profession, there are those who truly are horrible at their job, just having a bad night, or in a rush to finish with the current call so they can take a break & check on their own kids. The op stated that she didn't even fully understand the advise that was given to her by the nurse line.

The flu is not in full swing in my location, our ERs are not busy, and only a professional can diagnose the influenza virus. Was the ops previous bout with influenza actually diagnosed - perhaps it was salmonella? Regardless, having it yourself does not mean that when your child later becomes ill that your child has the same infection or that your child's body is fighting it the same way.

Infants are unable to touch most germy objects in a waiting room & it is so easy to request a face mask before actually entering any waiting room or to buy one on you way there to prevent your germs from spreading to others & theirs from spreading to you. I have no understanding of people avoiding medical assistance because of potentially becomming infected with something else. Just use common sense, take basic protective precautions, wash your hands a lot, and watch that your care provider washes hands every time before touching your child.

The op did not state the infants body temp, where he falls within weight & height charts for his age, if he is on any medications, or a host of other very important information - yet you feel confident in telling her to avoid the ER???
Influenza does not cause vomiting...but that is beside the point. Simply going off the fact that his grandparents AND his mother previously had the same issue, most doctors would assume it is the same thing anyway. Yes, I do feel confident in saying that I would not take my child to the doctor. She has the ability to make a decision on her own whether or not she wants to take her child. The ER is for emergencies, and IMO based on his symptoms alone, I wouldn't consider it to be an emergency (at least at the time of my post).

Originally Posted by EmmaGM View Post
DS seems to have gotten through the worst of it. His vomiting only lasted about 3 hours (it was 14 hours for me and 2 days for my in-laws whom I got it from) and he slept most of the night on papas chest. I'm giving him diluted formula now (only an ounce at a time) and letting him comfort nurse though I'm almost positive I'm dry.
I'm glad he is starting to feel better!!!
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