What is Bone Splinting?

iStock-535002929.jpgBecause children are constantly on the go, from the jungle gym to the soccer field, they are constantly at risk of broken bones and fractures. Typically when a child breaks a bone, it will require a cast or splint to keep it protected during the healing process. A splint is usually the first type of treatment a child will receive at a doctor, urgent care or emergency room facility. Knowing what to expect with this procedure can help alleviate some of the stress a parent feels when faced with this situation.

What A Splint Is

A splint differs from a cast in that it does not surround the broken bone. Splints are only hard on two sides and can provide support surrounding the injury, reducing the risk of injuring the bone further. A splint also allows room for swelling, which a cast does not. Normally, the splint is applied immediately and is worn prior to the cast being placed — when the swelling has subsided enough. In some cases, a cast may not be needed at all.

What A Splint Is Made Of

Usually consisting of three or four layers, a splint is held in place by a bandage, making it vulnerable to accidental movement. The first, optional, layer of a splint is cotton-stocking material that protects the skin and adds some comfort. The second layer is a soft cotton material intended to further pad the appendage, while the third layer typically consists of fiberglass. Finally, the fourth layer is the bandage that keeps everything in its place.

Caring For A Splint

If your child is given a splint, it’s important to keep it dry, as it may lose its strength and no longer keep the bone in place when wet. Your child should never attempt to adjust his or her splint; only a doctor or trained medical professional should handle this. Also, if your child complains of the splint being too tight, you should seek medical attention immediately to have this fixed so circulation is not cut off.

If your child has suffered a broken bone or fracture, he or she should see a doctor as soon as possible. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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Understanding Urine Tests for Children

iStock-498573772.jpgIf you aren’t aware of what a urine test does, it can be somewhat unnerving when a doctor orders one for your child. A doctor will typically order a urine test for a child to ensure the kidneys and other organs are functioning properly. Also, if your child’s doctor believes he or she has a kidney, bladder or urinary tract infection, a test may be ordered as well. If your child’s urine contains glucose, protein or other irregularities, it could indicate a health problem that needs medical attention.

What Is A Urinalysis?

If your child’s doctor believes he or she is suffering from a urinary tract infection, more commonly called a UTI, a urinalysis can help provide certain numbers needed for an accurate diagnosis. A urinalysis will measure the following presence:

  • Red and white blood cells
  • Bacteria or other organisms
  • Substances, such as glucose
  • pH, which is an indicator of the acidity of the urine

Considerations

If the tests reveal your child’s urine contain white blood cells or protein, it may be a result of how or when the urine was collected. For instance, the urine of a child that is dehydrated may be darker than usual and contain small amounts of protein. However, this is not necessarily an indication of health problems. The doctor will be able to determine the levels of protein and whether or not further testing is required.

How Is A Urinalysis Done?

Your child will usually be asked to urinate in a clean container in order to perform this test. Once this is completed, a nurse will place a small plastic strip with chemicals on it into the urine. This strip will change colors depending on what is present in the urine. If the strip reveals the presence of specific cells, the urine may be sent to a lab for a urine culture.

If you believe your child is suffering from a UTI or other health problem, consider taking him or her in for a urinalysis. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care, our technicians are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

4 Tips For A Safe Halloween

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Halloween can be one of the most enjoyable nights of the year for children. Dressing up, going house to house in search of candy, staying up late watching scary movies, kids often look forward to Halloween night for the entire year. However, if you don’t follow the proper safety precautions, the night can quickly turn bad. Below are a few safety tips to follow to ensure your child has a safe, fun Halloween night.

Be with an adult or group

If your child is under the age of 12, an adult should supervise him or her when trick or treating. Because children often venture into unfamiliar neighborhoods, it’s important to have adult supervision at all times. If your child is old enough to go without supervision, they should stay in neighborhoods they know and remain in a group throughout the night. Children should never venture off by themselves.

Practice walking safety

Before your kids go out for the night, remind them of best practices when walking around the neighborhood. Children should always cross the street at corners and look left, right and left again when crossing. All electronics should also be put down when crossing a street so there are no distractions.

Keep costumes safe

If possible, decorate your child’s costume with reflective tape, stickers and light colors. Incorporating glow sticks or having your child carry a flashlight is also a smart move. Finally, be sure your child’s costume fits properly so he or she is not at risk of tripping or falling throughout the evening.

Drive extra cautiously

If you are driving on Halloween night, slowing down is essential. Take an extra second or two to look around when at an intersection and always enter your driveway or alley slower than normal. Most kids like to trick or treat from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, so it’s important to be especially alert during those hours.

If your child suffers an injury of any kind on Halloween night, consider taking them to Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, our doctors are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care. You can even check in online at medicalcityurgentcare.com!

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

When to Visit Urgent Care vs the Emergency Room

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If your child is injured, there is often a mad rush to get him or her the quickest medical care possible. While there are times that an emergency room is required, an urgent care facility can often provide the same care at a lower price and in less time. But how do you know when your child should be taken to an emergency room and when you can take advantage of urgent care?

Emergency Room

An emergency room should be utilized for just that: emergencies. If your child is experiencing an allergic reaction to food, animal or bug bites; a broken bone; chest pain; constant vomiting or bleeding; shortness of breath; head injuries or unconsciousness, they should be taken an emergency room immediately. For life-threatening injuries, call 911.

Although the ER can care for a number of additional medical situations, it will also cost you more than an urgent care. In fact, emergency rooms cost on average three times more than a visit to an urgent care facility.

Urgent Care

If your child is suffering from a non-emergency medical situation, an urgent care can often offer the same care as an ER. A few of the conditions commonly treated at an urgent care include flu and cough; high fevers; cuts and severe scrapes; sports injuries; earaches; stomach aches and more.

Many people are worried about visiting an urgent care center because they don’t think the doctors are qualified or services are limited. At Medical City Children’s Center Urgent Care, the doctors are all qualified residency-trained pediatricians who are board certified or board eligible.

If you have a child who has suffered an injury that is not life threatening, consider taking them to Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. With medical centers that are focused toward children and open at convenient hours, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is dedicated to providing children the best possible care.

 Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.