As a parent, nothing is more overwhelming than caring for a sick child. When your child is hurting, it’s all you can think about, whether it’s a common illness or a physical pain. In that state of panic, it isn’t easy to choose the right doctor. Do you wait to take your child to a pediatrician? Should you rush to the emergency room and risk paying high prices? Would urgent care be able to treat the condition?
As your mind races with questions, all you want to do is help your child. We understand the situation. The best way to alleviate panic right now is to have a plan in place before anything happens. Here are the most common reasons you would bring your child to pediatric urgent care to help you make that decision.
1. Convenience of pediatric urgent care
Regular pediatricians hold regular business hours. That makes sense for them, but it rarely helps children experiencing unexpected illnesses or injuries. When your child is dealing with a health concern, it’s not always during the office hours of their primary pediatrician — let alone when you can make a same-day appointment.
On the other hand, pediatric urgent care is designed to take patients at a moment’s notice. Nao Medical is open for extended hours every day of the year — including weekends and holidays. You don’t have to worry about fitting into our schedule because we’re here for you. A convenience you can’t always find with other pediatrician’s offices.
2. Pediatric urgent care is cost-effective
When your pediatrician is unavailable, you’re faced with two choices to help your sick child. You can drive them to the emergency room or bring them to an urgent care location. You should go to the emergency room if the problem is life or death. But for everything else, you should choose a pediatric urgent care facility like Nao Medical. Unlike the emergency room, you won’t have to pay as much, and we have the resources on hand to help your child.
Don’t let a moment of panic cost you an arm and a leg. You may even want to list reasons to take your child to urgent care and to take them to the emergency room. Please keep it in your fridge or somewhere you can easily see it when caring for a sick child. That way, you can make a quick yet educated decision when something happens or your child becomes ill suddenly.
If for some reason, you can’t bring your child into the office, Nao Medical also does online doctor visits for common conditions like pink eye and rashes in children. All insurance plans cover the online visit with Nao Medical so that you can get the same great care from the comfort of your home.
3. Speed of pediatric urgent care
Because the emergency room deals with life and death situations, they usually have a long wait. If your child has a low-priority ailment, you could sit in the emergency room for hours before being seen. Some patients have waited in a room full of other sick people all night to be seen by a doctor. It’s not an ideal situation.
Instead, come to urgent care if you’re not facing something life-threatening. Nao Medical’s pediatric urgent care services are fast and efficient. We know that kids find the whole process scary and overwhelming, so we don’t want to keep you longer than we need to. We can generally see patients on a first-come, first-served basis, not in order of severity. This helps you know how long you’ll be there and when you’ll be ready to go home. It’s a convenience many of our patients appreciate.
4. Common illnesses our pediatric urgent care centers handle
We have you covered if you’re not sure exactly what the difference is between a life-threatening illness and one that a pediatric urgent care doctor can see. Here are the common illnesses we treat at our Nao Medical locations.
- Ear infections
- Cold and flu
- Sore throat
- Strep throat
- Diarrhea and nausea
- Poison ivy
- Asthma attack
- Pink eye
- Stomach flu
- Food poisoning
If the weather is terrible or you are running short on time, Nao Medical can do an online doctor visit for many of the conditions listed above. Of course, one of these symptoms can sometimes signify something more serious. If that’s the case, our doctors will immediately refer you to an emergency room or specialist doctor to treat your child. We will do everything possible to get your child the proper care for their health concerns.
5. Common injuries pediatric urgent care can fix
Children are more likely to visit the emergency room when they are injured, especially for fractures. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Nao Medical’s pediatric urgent care services offer the same level of care. We routinely treat the following injuries.
- Cuts and wounds
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Ingrown toenails
- Neck pain and whiplash
- Dog bites and other animal bites
- Spider bites
- Bee and wasp stings
As with the illnesses we treat, if our doctors believe your child’s condition needs to be seen by a specialist, we will not hesitate to refer you to one. We have the same goal you do — to get your child back to their happy, healthy self.
6. Do more with one visit
One of the benefits of pediatric urgent care is that you can do more with a single visit. Visits to your primary care doctor or the emergency room require a single focus. Your child’s pediatrician, for example, won’t be able to administer a DOT physical if you want to be the most efficient with your time during their existing appointment. However, if you’re going to come to treat your child’s common cold and also need to complete your DOT physical or want to take an STD test or any of our other services, you can do both things at one location. Save time on travel, save on cost, plus get excellent care. It’s an unbeatable option.
7. Location of pediatric urgent care
Nao Medical clinics are close to public transportation for ease of accessibility. We want to ensure we’re easily accessible to our clients — not requiring extra taxi rides or miles of walking. Whether visiting us in Hicksville, Astoria, The Bronx, or Brooklyn, you’ll find us near a bus or subway stop.
8. Business hours of pediatric urgent care
At Nao Medical, we understand that children can get sick or injured at any time. That’s why our pediatric urgent care is available during all times when we are open. Our experienced and caring staff is here to provide the best possible care for your child, whether it’s a minor injury or illness. And because we know how stressful it can be when your child is sick or hurt, we offer convenient online scheduling so you can get the care you need without having to wait.
Another significant benefit of Nao Medical, major insurance providers take our pediatric urgent care services. While your regular pediatrician may be in your insurance network, they often don’t have the most convenient hours, and emergency rooms are always available. Still, you risk paying too much in a co-pay, or the visit is not covered. That could be devastating to your financial situation. With Nao Medical, you can see a doctor at a convenient time while also staying within your budget. That’s reason enough to come to see us, we think!
Our urgent care locations offer more than just pediatric urgent care services. As we mentioned, you can also get a DOT physical or STD testing there. You can even get vaccines if you’re looking for a convenient place to get your shot. We’re happy to help you through whatever medical concern you have.