Urgent Care Clinics

Urgent care clinics are growing in popularity in Central Arkansas and across the U.S. These clinics can be of great use for some pediatric conditions, but often, it is a better idea to see your pediatrician for most childhood conditions. As your child’s PCP, we have the benefit of knowing their full medical history and have the ability to review their medical records to help guide us in decision making.

Some good reasons to visit an urgent care facility during the evening or weekends, when your PCP is not available, are:

  • Acute injury with a concern for broken bone
  • Simple lacerations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Concern for dehydration

Some conditions that could wait to be seen by your pediatrician are:

  • Fever (unless your child is less than 2 months old with a fever of > 100.4F)
  • Sore throat
  • Cold symptoms without difficulty breathing
  • Ear pain
  • Rash
  • Any chronic conditions like ongoing abdominal pain (not severe, new onset abdominal pain)

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Understanding Vaccines

Vaccine Safety Letter 2-17-17

Vaccines, I still remember one of my first vaccinations! It was 1960, I was in kindergarten, at my elementary school, standing in line to take a sugar cube, to protect me from polio and a shot to protect me from diphtheria and tetanus. Also, I remember my uncle, Jim, who had polio as a child. As an adult, he still walked with a bad limp, needed a cane and could barely use his left hand and arm. My parents were excited to take me to get vaccines to prevent diseases they feared, because they had firsthand knowledge of their devastating effects. Today, our parents and many grandparents have only heard of the diseases, that we immunize for. This is all because of our vaccination program, which has saved so many lives and prevented many, many more children from growing up suffering long term complications from these infections and diseases, we are trying to prevent.

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