August 23, 2021

Top 4 Reasons Why Kids Go to the ER

It’s every parent’s nightmare: the dreaded trip to the emergency room. Unfortunately, it’s something that most parents – and their kids – will experience at least once or twice.. or more. Between the trips and falls and the rapid spread of illnesses, children face many ailments that can be serious enough to justify a trip to Laredo Emergency Room. Here are the top four.

Respiratory symptoms

Whether it’s asthma, allergies, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, flu, or now COVID-19, there are plenty of conditions and illnesses that can make breathing difficult for your little ones, especially infants and toddlers. Even what seems like a simple cough can turn into something more serious, robbing children of their ability to breathe. Because of their smaller airways, young children are particularly susceptible to respiratory complications, which can be frightening for both the child and parents.

Infections and fever

Let’s face it: children share germs – and that means it’s all too easy for your child to come down with a fever or infection, like the flu. If your child is running a temperature of 103°F or higher, heading to the emergency room is a smart choice because this type of fever most likely indicates the presence of an infection in need of immediate treatment. Anytime your child displays unusual drowsiness or lack of energy, skin rash, or typical cold-like symptoms like cough, sore throat, or headache, check their temperatures regularly. Keep in mind that even a simple earache can turn into a concerning infection, so seek out treatment without delay to keep it under control.

Tummy troubles

Whether it’s abdominal pain or diarrhea and vomiting, managing stomach woes come with the territory for parents. These symptoms can sometimes result in severe dehydration, so as soon as your child confronts these symptoms, reach out to your child’s regular pediatrician. If symptoms are keeping your child from being able to keep down any food or fluids, seek emergency room treatment.


With their developing motor skills, children aren’t the most graceful creatures. And because of their curious and playful natures, they can get themselves into lots of trouble. Put these things together, and it’s only natural that children often become injured. If the injury is to the head, face, or neck, bring your child to Laredo Emergency Room right away. Likewise, if the skin is cut and bleeding profusely or your child can’t stand or move an injured part of the body, come to the emergency room for diagnosis and treatment.

Being prepared

Because emergency room trips for children are so common, it’s best to have a plan in advance. Map out your route to the hospital or the emergency room and have the ER’s phone number and address stored as a contact in your phone. If you find yourself heading into the emergency room, call us on your way to tell us about the nature of the illness or injury and the child’s medical history so that we can be ready to treat your child as soon as you arrive. Here at Laredo Emergency Room, our emergency physicians are here 24/7 and ready to care for your child just as we would our own.

I am a writer!

Our Latest Articles

Browse our other topics from this month!

Lockdown weight gain: Average 2 Pounds per Month and How to Lose it

During the lockdown, the pandemic turned many of our routines upside down. Gyms were closed. Plans canceled. Work settings and schools went remote. In retrospect, it’s easy to see how quarantine paved the way for inevitable lockdown weight gain across all ages and situations. And if you’re affected, know that you’re certainly not alone. According to a recent study, the average American gained an average of two pounds per month due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders in 2020. Fortunately, with a few tips and lifestyle adjustments, losing the extra pounds is well within reach.

Memory Problems After COVID-19 May Set The Stage For Alzheimer's

When thinking about the impact of a COVID-19 infection, many consider the damage to the respiratory system. Because of what we’ve learned throughout the pandemic, and what we understand about the way the Coronavirus attacks the pulmonary network, it makes sense that this would come to mind. However, a recent study has emerged analyzing COVID-19’s effect on the brain, as well.

8 Simple Snacks That Won’t Spike Your Blood Sugar

When you have diabetes, lifestyle changes are necessary to take care of your overall health. Unfortunately, that means that everyday things we may be used to – like snacking, for example – can become a lot more difficult. That said, it doesn’t have to be a challenge to keep foods that don’t spike blood sugar on-hand for a quick bite! These snacks for diabetics are equally tasty and healthy.