Specialized Pediatric Urgent Care in Port Matilda, PA
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Children have the uncanny ability to fall sick or get injured outside of normal “office hours” and parents are then faced with the dilemma of where to take them. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises that, in cases like these, the pediatrician’s office should be the first call made, even if the office is closed. Pediatricians often take calls out of hours and if they are unable to see you but believe your child should be seen by a doctor, they will advise you on the most appropriate place for your child to receive care and how quickly they should be seen.
Urgent care centers are becoming increasingly popular as the “mid-point” between the doctor’s office and the emergency room, but keep in mind that the physicans and nurses that work there may not have advanced training in dealing with children and may not be comfortable treating infants and young children. This is where pediatric urgent care centers come in.
What Is Considered Specialized Pediatric Urgent Care?
Pediatric urgent care is an urgent care center that treats only children, usually up to the age of 21. Before visiting an urgent care that claims to treat pediatrics, call ahead and verify that they treat patients in your child’s age range.
What Do Pediatric Specialists Do?
Pediatric specialists are physicians uniquely qualified to treat children with complex and/or chronic conditions. They have years of advanced training in their chosen field and have the experience necessary to treat children’s complex medical and surgical conditions.
The unique developmental and emotional needs of children and adolescents are very different from those of adults and require a high degree of specialization and personalized care. Some of the specialist areas are:
- Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician: attention, behavioral and school-related issues, anxiety and stress management.
- Neonatologist: delivery and care of the newborn; may be involved during pregnancy if a problem is identified with the baby’s development.
- Pediatric Audiologist: communication development for children with hearing loss.
- Pediatric Cardiologist: heart conditions.
- Pediatric Dietitian: nutritional health; can help implement special diets.
- Pediatric Endocrinologist: hormones and glands.
- Pediatric Gastroenterologist: digestive, liver, pancreatic, and nutritional issues.
- Pediatric Geneticist: birth defects, conditions causing disabilities, hereditary problems, and short or tall stature.
- Pediatric Immunologist: immune system.
- Pediatric Nephrologist: kidney and urinary tract; also treats high blood pressure and issues with growth and development specific to chronic kidney disease.
- Pediatric Neurologist: nervous system.
- Pediatric Ophthalmologist: eye diseases and visual development and care.
- Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon: bone, joint, and muscle health.
- Pediatric Otolaryngologist (ENT): ear, nose, throat, and related areas of the head and neck.
- Pediatric Physiatrist: therapy and medication programs for an active, healthy lifestyle.
- Pediatric Plastic Surgeon: Fixes deformities on a child relating to a birth defect, illness, injury or tumor.
- Pediatric Podiatrist: foot development.
- Pediatric Pulmonologist: lungs or breathing issues.
- Pediatric Rheumatologist: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
What’s The Difference Between Pediatric Urgent Care And Pediatric Emergency Care?
As in regular ‘urgent care vs emergency care’ scenarios, the nature of the illness or injury of the child will largely depend on where you take them. Broadly speaking, urgent care is appropriate for an urgent (that can’t wait for a normal doctor’s office appointment) but not life-threatening case; whereas the emergency room is best equipped to deal with more complex and life-threatening situations. That being said, you should always choose the setting that is going to best serve the needs of the child. For example, a fever is always considered an emergency in infants under 2 months of age, but it’s less of a worry in toddlers or children.
Does Olivero Pediatrics Offer Specialized Urgent Care For Children?
Yes we do! Dr. Daniel Olivero, M.D. and his team at Olivero Pediatrics serves newborns to children up to 21 years and we are here to help you and your child in every kind of situation. We are conveniently located at 1243 Skytop Mountain Rd. Suite 4, Port Matilda, PA 16870. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Port Matilda PA, Waddle, PA, Julian PA, State College PA, Bellefonte PA, Pennsylvania Furnace PA, and Pine Grove Mills PA.