The Doctors: Inside Pediatrician Dr Sears’s Office
A day in the life of Pediatrician Dr Jim Sears was profiled on The Doctors. On a daily basis, Dr Sears deals with problems such as ear infections, food allergies, and chronic illness (fish oil will help). Some of these problems are easily fixed, but others are more serious. So, how can you tell when an issue is an emergency? Dr Sears broke down some of the ways you can figure out what’s going on with your child.
Dr Sears: Pediatric Emergencies & Jump Test
A tummy ache is common for children, and is most likely not a big issue. However, to make sure that it’s not something more serious, there are a couple of things you can try. If you go to squeeze your child’s belly and they firm up, that’s a sign of something serious like appendicitis. Also try what Dr Sears calls The Jump Test: have the child jump up-and-down, and if the pain increases, that could also be appendicitis.
The Doctors: Pediatric Burns
Burns are also a common pediatric emergency, and the key is prevention. Keep your hot water heater down at 120 degrees. Also, be careful with hot liquids and keep them out of reach and have your pot handles facing inward on the stove. If your child does get burned, follow immediately with something cool. For example, if your child is burned with a hot cup of coffee in a restaurant, throw a glass of water right on top.
Dr Sears: Pediatric Emergency Kit
Here’s something every parent should have: a pediatric emergency kit! Let’s take a look at what Dr Sears suggests you should have at your disposal to prevent pediatric emergencies in your home.
- Adhesive medical tape
- Liquid antihistamine
- Antiseptic wipes
- Alcohol wipes
- Instant cold compress
- Hydrocortisone ointment
- Antibiotic ointment
- Sterile band aids
- Children’s pain reliever (ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
- Tweezers (important for splinters)
- Soap or other cleansing agent
- List of emergency numbers