Health Insurance Rates Lower with Fewer Unnecessary Dr. Visits for Kids

It’s hard for parents to determine when they should take their sick kids into the doctor and when it is okay to ride it out at home.  With the rising health insurance rates, co-pays and deductibles, you don’t want to be at the doctor weekly when they are just going to send you home and say that time will be the healer.  Parents magazine’s Kristyn Kusek Lewis tells us the “12 Kids’ Symptoms You Should Never Ignore.”

Fevers are important to watch because they can signal serious internal problems, but a fever isn’t always dangerous.  Based on your child’s age, know the temperature your doctor wants to see your child at, no matter what other symptoms they may have.  This is typically 100.4 for infants and 103 for children up to 2 years of age.  If your child has a fever that isn’t lowering with treatment, has lasted longer than 5 days, or comes along with a stiff neck, headache or dangerous rash; they should see the doctor.

Rashes that look like a bullseye or red dots that don’t disappear when you press down on the area can be dangerous and should be checked by a doctor.  Also make sure to check your child’s moles for any changes from year to year.  Moles they have had since birth have a greater chance of becoming cancerous.  Appendicitis symptoms include lower right side abdomen pain or stomach pain that is crampy and comes in waves.  Treating conditions before they worsen is crucial to the well-being of your family.  It can also save you money with a health plan like Go Blue Florida, which covers more basic doctors visits.

A headache that occurs first thing in the morning, wakes a child from sleep, or comes with vomiting is likely a migraine.  Signs of dehydration include dry mouth and lips, excessive vomiting or diarrhea, lessened urination, and skin that is dry or stays bunched up when pinched.  Very labored breathing or irregular sounds while breathing are serious and warrant a trip to the doctor or ER.  Swelling of the tongue, lips, or eyes, or extreme itchiness or vomiting indicate an allergic reaction.  Any fall for an infant or a high fall with visible signs of injury or neurological changes should be treated by a doctor.  Finally, any cut that is wide enough to fit a cotton swab or continues bleeding after a few minutes of applied pressure should be treated by a doctor.  Parents have to go with their instincts when treating their kids, but this guide could help save some unnecessary doctor visits.

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