What You Need to Know About Pediatric Acute Care

When your child has a high fever, sustains serious injuries, or has other concerning symptoms that need immediate attention, your primary care physician may not be available. You can't always wait for an appointment to open up. In this case, you need immediate care from doctors who specialize in pediatric medicine. At the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine, our caring, knowledgeable pediatricians can help your child get on the road to recovery, even for conditions that are difficult to treat.

What Is Pediatric Acute Care?

Pediatric acute care involves treatment for infants, kids, and teenagers under age 19. This encompasses an array of conditions, including illnesses and injuries. With the right care at the right time, kids can receive rehabilitation and support for their non-emergency health concerns. Typically, conditions treated don’t pose a life-threatening risk. For instance, your child may need immediate help with pain management and infection prevention.

Our comprehensive care team model makes it easy to navigate the ins and outs of complex care plans involving multiple doctors and specialists.

What Conditions Require Pediatric Acute Care?

Pediatric acute care may involve less serious illnesses and injuries. Patients should always report to the nearest emergency room in case of a dangerous condition. In an outpatient setting, our pediatricians provide acute care for the following symptoms and issues:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Severe infections, such as those impacting the sinuses and ears
  • Injuries from car accidents, sports, and falls
  • Broken bones
  • High fever
  • Pain
  • Cuts and burns

Our doctors receive special training needed to treat these injuries and illnesses. We work to discover the root cause and do our best to stabilize each patient as quickly as possible. Infants, toddlers, and young adults with long-term health concerns often benefit from immediate access to outpatient care when symptoms become serious.

How Does Pediatric Acute Treatment Work?

For children needing pediatric acute care, there are many potential treatments, all aimed at obtaining positive outcomes. First, we’ll take a medical history, if needed, and assess the conditions causing pain or distress. Second, our pediatricians may prescribe medication or supervise your child’s care.

Family doctors often perform an initial exam before recommending acute care solutions. For kids with hard-to-treat injuries or illness, we can often provide a definitive diagnosis and recommend short and long-term care recommendations.

What if My Child Needs to Go to a Hospital?

If your child requires hospital care, our pediatric professionals can admit them to one of the best local hospitals. Mississippi Baptist Medical Center has a dedicated, well-regarded pediatric unit.

Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine welcomes families needing urgent assistance. To find pediatric acute care, call (601) 414-0484. Walk-ins are also accepted. Hours of operation for our urgent care clinic are:

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 8:00PM
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM