At Newport Urgent Care, we know a sick child is an unhappy child, which is why we conveniently offer pediatric urgent care for children from 6 months to age 18. Our extended hours complement the services and availability of your child’s primary care pediatrician and offer a child-friendly and efficient alternative to the emergency room. Note that unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 will need a signed pre-authorization before treatment. Download Authorization to Treat a Minor Form.
Common Pediatric Urgent Care Conditions include:
Children under five years are vulnerable to various conditions highlighting the need to identify a reliable healthcare facility. Below are the common conditions treatable at urgent care centers:
Asthma is a lung disease that causes airways to swell, narrow, and produce mucus. The inflamed and contracted airways make it difficult to breathe and trigger coughing. The child may also produce a whistling sound while breathing out and encounter shortness of breath. Certain triggers can set off or worsen symptoms that cause asthma attacks. Most children with asthma experience their first symptoms at the age of 5. Unfortunately, asthma can cause children to miss school or become hospitalized.
A severe asthma attack can be life-threatening. Consult your doctor on what to do with asthma symptoms and in an emergency. See a doctor:
An eye infection is a medical condition associated with eyes caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. The most common eye infection is called pink eye (Conjunctivitis). Pink eye is a viral infection, but bacteria can also cause it. In other instances, an allergic reaction can also cause pink eyes in babies. Symptoms of eye infection include:
A severe eye infection often causes eye redness, eye pain, and an uncomfortable feeling between your eyes. Your child may also experience blurred vision and light sensitivity. If your child experiences these symptoms, see a physician at an urgent care center.
Diarrhea is when your child’s stool is loose and watery. Diarrhea is a common problem that occurs for 1-2 days and then goes away. If your child’s diarrhea lasts for more than 2 days, it may be a sign of a serious problem. If your child’s diarrhea lasts over a week, it is chronic diarrhea, often caused by irritable bowel syndrome or other intestinal diseases such as celiac disease.
Spitting and vomiting are often confused. Spitting is common in healthy babies. If a baby has a blurb, they’ll likely spit up, which is a smooth flow of the stomach’s content through the mouth. You shouldn’t be concerned as long as the baby is comfortable, eating well, and gaining weight. Vomiting occurs when there’s forceful ejection of stomach content from the mouth. The stomach flu is the most common cause of vomiting.
You may need to see a doctor if your child has signs of dehydration, including dry skin, dry mouth, infrequent urination, crying without tears, and a sunken appearance to the abdomen, eyes, and cheeks.
A sore throat often occurs in children, and it’s nothing to worry about. It is often part of the common cold symptoms and gets better without treatment. In addition to sore throat, a child may display symptoms such as cough, decreased appetite, fever, headaches, fussiness, and sleeping more than normal.
A burn, even a minor, can be extremely painful. While a minor burn can heal within days, a severe burn may take several weeks or months to heal completely.
Most cuts, scaps, or bruises are minor and are easily treatable at home. You only need to stop the bleeding, clean the wound thoroughly, and cover it with a dressing. These minor wounds also heal within a few days.
You should get medication attention if you think the wound could get infected or is already infected. A cut, scrap, or bruise is at risk of infection if:
Visit an urgent care center if the wound is already infected with signs such as:
A minor broken bone, fracture, or sprain can occur because of a fall accident.
You should visit an urgent care center immediately if you suspect you’ve sustained a broken bone, fracture, or sprain. Look out for the following symptoms:
Rashes are common in babies and children and aren’t a cause for concern— most are harmless and disappear with no need for treatment.
You should see a physician if your child has a rash and seems unwell or if you’re worried. The pediatrician will investigate the cause of the rash and recommend the necessary treatment. In addition, the virus infection behind the rash will likely cause fever in your child. The fever often starts before the rash begins. When the rash appears, it means the child is getting better. However, if the child has a fever and a rash, it is a worrying sign, and you should visit an urgent care center.
Fever is a common symptom of most childhood illnesses, including ear infections. Other causes of ear infections include upper respiratory tract infections(RTIs), flu, chicken pox, whooping cough, and tonsillitis. It is extremely worrying when your child has asthma; luckily, it often clears itself without treatment.
See a physician if your child:
Viral infections are common in babies and often result in symptoms such as cough, stuffy nose, sneezing, fever, and rapid breathing.
Visit an urgent care center if:
You’d appreciate quick and convenient care if your child trips and sustains a minor sprain in the evening. Urgent care centers tick the right boxes—they’re affordable, open for extended hours, and treat various ailments, including sprains. At Newport Urgent Care Center, we’re open 7 days a week, giving you a reason to smile when your child needs medical attention. Contact us online or call us at 949.752.6300 to book an appointment.