View Poll Results: would you go to the ER for a non emergency?
yes, I would do anything for my kid 12 10.17%
no, ER's are for emergencies 84 71.19%
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Old 05-28-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
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would you take your kid to the ER knowing it's not an emergency

DD2 has a nasty diaper rash, we've been battling yeast since she was 4 mo old (she's coming up on 11 months now) and have been through every natural remedy I could find plus every prescription cream the dr's would give me. Currently we are on prescription cream 6 coconut oil with tto mixed in and probiotics. It did go away for a month but came back a few weeks ago. Anyways, her butt is really bad today and the dr's office is closed till Tuesday. She seems to be uncomfortable but not to bad (except when she poos and we have to wipe it off) I want to take her to the ER but I know its not really an emergency. If it gets any worse I will definatly take her in but I can't decide if I should take her in anyway.
so would you take your child in to the ER if you knew is wasn't a real emergency but wouldn't be able to see the dr for a few days?
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Old 05-28-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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Do you have a "Quick Care" clinic there? That's why I voted "other."

If someones arm isn't falling off etc, I avoid the ER like the plague. Takes them forever to see you and there are SIIIIIICK people there. Usually "dirty" people too.

Quick care clinics seem to be my goto alternative. They are open 7 days a week around here from 7am-8pm usually.
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Do you have a "Quick Care" clinic there? That's why I voted "other."

If someones arm isn't falling off etc, I avoid the ER like the plague. Takes them forever to see you and there are SIIIIIICK people there. Usually "dirty" people too.

Quick care clinics seem to be my goto alternative. They are open 7 days a week around here from 7am-8pm usually.
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Do you have a "Quick Care" clinic there? That's why I voted "other."

If someones arm isn't falling off etc, I avoid the ER like the plague. Takes them forever to see you and there are SIIIIIICK people there. Usually "dirty" people too.

Quick care clinics seem to be my goto alternative. They are open 7 days a week around here from 7am-8pm usually.
This-way to many germs there to go, unless it's a true emergency. Do you have a med center/urgent care facility? We use ours several times a year-it's for things like what you're dealing with!
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Does your doctor's office have a phone number to call out of hours? I would try that first rather than sit and wait in the ER, deal with that co-pay, and expose the baby to who knows what while you are waiting. Plus, your regular doctor should be able to access her history which should really help in this case.
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I voted other. I would take my child to an medical "clinic" if they have those where you are. If it were the middle of the night and I thought that my child needed antibiotics and it couldn't wait til morning, then I would go to emergency although it wouldn't be a true emergency. I have had to do this myself with UTI's, and although it wasn't life or death, it was urgent!
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Re: would you take your kid to the ER knowing it's not an emergency

I agree, this might be better addressed at an urgent care office. IMO using the ER for anything besides a true emergencies is akin to calling 911 for anything but a true emergency. I have lots of family in in emergency medicine (including DH that is a paramedic), so I hear about these "abuses" all the time. But I agree; the emergency services are stretched thin to begin with and people should avoid adding to that unnecessarily, if at all possible.
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I have heard that plain yogurt directly on the bum can help. Only had a yeast issue once and didn't need it. Just a thought.
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Last week we took our 6year old to the ER because he was crying of ear pain. We tried every over the counter that we could and nothing was helping the pain. It was about 1am and there was no place else to take him so we took him to the ER. It is really a lot of money but I will not let my child be in pain if there is something they can do. For a diaper rash, I'm not sure what they would do for her. I think I would just keep her home and go diaper free. Do you have a clinic in your City that sees patients on the weekends. Here we have Doc's on call for someone who needs to be seen but it isn't really an emergency but they are only open until 9pm so we were not able to take our DS there. If it gets bad and she is in a lot of pain then for sure I would take her in. I would just hate to go and sit and wait and pay a ton of money for them to look at her and send you home and not really do anything to help.
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Poor thing. We fought yeast with my first, and are right now with my second. We had to do Lotrimin Ultra (yes, the foot fungus cream, lol) 3-4 times a day, yogurt, probiotics, tons of naked time... yeast seriously sucks. I'm sorry you're lo is hurting. Is there any chance it's staph and not yeast? I would ask just in case, but yeast is horrid enough on it's own.
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