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Toddler Ear Infection Prevention, Symptoms

Toddler Ear Infection Prevention, Symptoms & When to go to the ERs

Ear infections in toddlers are extremely common, and they can develop at any moment. Often, they happen during the weekend or late at night, where getting a hold of your pediatrician isn’t so easy.

If your little one develops symptoms of an ear infection, here’s how to make sure you get them the best medical care.

Preventing Ear Infections

The best way to deal with an ear infection is to prevent it from happening. Here are some steps you can take to help decrease the risk of your little one developing an ear infection.

  • Vaccinate your child: Vaccinations help reduce the risk of bacterial infections, including ear infections. So, make sure to keep up to date with your children’s vaccination schedule
  • Breastfeed your baby: Breast milk provides essential antibodies that may help reduce the risk of an ear infection and other illnesses. When feeding your baby, place them in a sit-up position to prevent milk and other fluids from flowing into the middle ear.
  • Wash your hands: Infections result from exposure to viruses and bacteria. The best way to protect your child is by frequently washing your hands and theirs with soap and water for a full 20 seconds.
  • Stay away from sick people: If possible, try to keep your children away from others who are ill.
  • Beware of secondhand smoke: Exposure to secondhand smoke raises the risk of ear infections, lower respiratory infections, other respiratory problems in children.

Symptoms of an Ear Infection in Babies and Toddlers

About 50% of children will have had at least one ear infection by their second birthday. But because they may not be able to express what they are feeling, it’s important to know what symptoms to look out for so you can get them the help they need.

The best telltale sign of an ear infection is a pain in or around the ear. However, that is not the only symptom. The following signs will help you determine if their symptoms are those of an ear infection.

  • Pulling or tugging at their ear
  • Your child is inconsolable, irritable, and continues to cry
  • They have difficulty sleeping
  • They have a fever
  • You notice fluid draining from their ear
  • You see, they are having a hard time hearing
  • Loss of balance

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to go to the ER

Your child needs immediate medical attention when:

  • They develop a high fever that won’t go down with medication
  • They are clearly in severe pain
  • They become lethargic – you have a hard time waking them up, they are slow to respond, or seem unusually inactive or sleepy
  • They have trouble eating or drinking or refuse to do so
  • They are dehydrated – They are not urinating normally, they don’t shed tears when crying, or you notice their lips are dry cracked
  • You see bloody or pus-like discharge coming out of their ears

At Altus Emergency Centers, we have pediatric examining rooms designed to make the experience of a visit to the ER less scary.

Our doctors and nurses will take care of your child as if it were their own and help get them healthy again.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

What It Takes to Be an Altus ER Physician

What It Takes to Be an Altus ER Physician

Back in June 2019, Altus Emergency Centers added its own in-house physicians’ group. This means we directly employ every doctor working in our facilities.  Only the cream of the crop qualifies to be an Altus ER Physician.

Working in an emergency room is one of the most demanding jobs in the world. The demands are both physical and mental, after all, people’s lives are at stake, and not everyone is up to the task.

From the first day since we opened our doors, our first and most important goal has been to offer the highest standard of emergency care to our patients.

Our commitment to our patient’s wellbeing is the reason why we have gone to extremes to ensure our doctors are the most qualified for the job.

What is an ER Doctor?

Before we discuss what it takes to be an Altus ER Physician, let’s get to know the role of an ER doctor.  An emergency room doctor is one who knows about every aspect of the human body because their job is to diagnose, stabilize, and provide treatment to any patient who comes into the ER.

ER physicians are trained to handle acute (severe or critical) medical problems. They are also trained to use various medical devices to stabilize and save the lives of their patients.

These are some of the tasks ER doctors routinely perform:

  • Evaluate and examine patients
  • Order tests and blood work to help diagnose the patient’s condition
  • Order or administer medications to treat the patient’s injury or illness
  • Consult with other doctors, nursing staff and support staff to decide on the best treatment course for the patient
  • Explain procedures, diagnoses, tests, and available treatments to patients and their families
  • Work closely with specialists who will care for the patient once they leave the emergency r

What Training Do ER Physicians at Altus ER Have?

At Altus Emergency Centers, we hold our staff to very high standards, especially our doctors and nurses. When it comes to selecting the right person to work at any of our facilities, we, of course, take into consideration the preparation and experience of each physician.

Training to become an emergency room physician is not easy; it takes time and a lot of hard work. To become an ER doctor, a person must:

 

1. Earn a College Degree

Aspiring doctors need a bachelor’s degree to apply to medical school. Although there is no specific major required, its vital that they complete science-related courses in their bachelor’s degree program

 

2. Pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Medical schools use the scores from this exam to determine if the applicant has the critical thinking, problem-solving, and writing skills necessary to succeed in the field of medicine.

 

3. Earn a Medical Degree

Medical degrees involve four more years of studies. The first two years focus on theory and laboratory experiences. While the last two years include clinical rotations in different fields. During this time, students will begin working with patients, taking medical histories, and completing necessary procedures under the supervision of experienced physicians.

4. Obtain a Medical License

Before they can practice medicine, medical doctors need to obtain a license from the state of Texas. To do this, doctors must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).  The examination tests applicants on their ability to care for patients and work in a medical and emergency setting.

 

5. Complete a Residency

An emergency medicine residency lasts three years and consists of:

  • Conferences: These conferences cover specific areas of emergency medicine, like cardiovascular or pulmonary treatment.
  • Lab Work: During lab work, ER doctors are trained in specific skills like airway management, repairing of wounds, and orthopedics.
  • Clinical Simulations: Working with mannequins’ students are placed into simulated situations that they might face on a day-to-day basis in a healthcare setting.

 

Additionally, emergency medicine residency also includes:

  • Peer reviews
  • Seminars
  • Supervised clinical training in a real-world environment.

 

6. Complete a Fellowship

Emergency room physicians who wish to specialize in a subspecialty must complete a fellowship program.  Subspecialties include:

  • Pediatric emergency medicine
  • Pain management
  • Disaster medicine
  • Toxicology

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What Makes Altus ER Physicians Outstanding?

As we mentioned before, we hold our doctors to higher standards than those established by the state board.

There is more to a good doctor than just their academic accomplishments. Our doctors stand out because, in addition to being gifted physicians, they are extraordinary human beings.

 

Here are just a few of the qualities that are expected from an Altus ER Physician:

  • Confidence
  • Humility
  • Great Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Honesty
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Optimism
  • Passion

 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always looking for great talent. If you believe you have what it takes to become part of our family, we invite you to apply at ERjobs@altusemergency.com.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions to the Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

What is Croup? Prevention, Signs & When to go to the ER

What is Croup?

Prevention, Signs & When to go to the ER

If you notice your child suddenly develops a barking cough, has trouble breathing, or makes a whistling sound when breathing, it could be croup.

Most cases of this illness are mild, but the condition can be serious, especially in infants and young children.

What Is Croup?

Croup is a respiratory infection caused by different viruses. The illness causes the upper airways to swell, making breathing difficult.

The condition usually affects children under five and can last between five and six days. However, complications such as ear infections and pneumonia can happen.

Way to Prevent the Spread of Croup

Like other viral respiratory infections, croup can spread through physical contact or the air. The following tips can help prevent the spread of croup in your household and community.

  • Wash your hands before and after caring for your baby or young child
  • Wash toys frequently, especially if your children share them with others
  • Urge your child to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid sending your child to school or daycare if they are ill or when the school informs you of an outbreak
  • Teach your children the proper way to wash their hands and when to wash them
  • Throw away used tissues

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What are the Symptoms of Croup?

At first, your child may have cold-like symptoms like a runny nose, congestion, and a slight cough. But over time, the cough worsens, sounding like a barking seal. Their voice can become hoarse, and they can also start making a high-pitch, wheezing sound when they breathe in.

The loud cough and wheezing sounds when breathing result from inflammation in the voice box, windpipe, and upper airways, which make it hard to breathe.

Croup can also cause your child to breathe very fast or have what is known as retractions; this happens when the skin pulls tight around their ribs.

In severe cases, the sick child may look pale or have a bluish color around their mouth due to a lack of oxygen; if you notice this, please call 911 immediately.

Croup can cause redness around the eyes, a rash, and swollen lymph nodes in babies. In addition, some children may develop a fever.

Symptoms of croup tend to worsen at night or when your child becomes upset or is crying.

Warning Signs of When to Call 911 or Head to the Nearest ER

Thankfully, most cases of croup are mild, and you can safely treat them at home. However, always listen to your intuition if you think your child’s illness is serious.

The following are signs of an emergency, and you should seek medical help for them as soon as possible:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Fast or labored breathing
  • Retractions (when the skin around the ribcage sucks inward while breathing)
  • Trouble swallowing
  • High-pitched noise when taking breaths
  • Unusual paleness or bluish color around their mouth

Dehydration is another danger associated with croup. Please head to the nearest ER if you notice your child is not urinating or if they have very dark urine.

Other warning signs of dehydration include:

  • Your baby sheds no tears when crying
  • Dry mouth
  • Sunken eyes
  • Exhaustion

If you feel your child needs immediate medical help to improve their breathing, don’t hesitate to bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center. We have special pediatric examing rooms and qualified medical staff to care for your baby.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Sports Head Injuries & When to Go to the ER

Sports Head Injuries & When to Go to the ER

We often hear about tragic stories of professional athletes suffering traumatic Sports Head Injuries.

Unfortunately, sports head injuries are not exclusive to elite pro athletes; they can happen to anyone, including kids who play contact sports at school.

A paper from the Journal of Neurosurgery, states there are approximately 500,000 emergency room visits and 60,000 hospitalization every year due to traumatic brain injuries in children ages 0-17.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Any injury that occurs on your skull, scalp, or brain is considered a head injury.

Head injuries could be something as innocent as a bump or bruise on your head to something as life-threatening as a skull fracture.

The more severe types of head injuries are known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). A traumatic brain injury happens when we receive a blow or jolt to the head or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.

Traumatic brain injuries are so severe that they disrupt the normal function of the brain and can cause life-long physical or mental disabilities or even death.

sports-related head injuries CT Scan

Concussions in Young Athletes

One of the most common Sports Head Injuries are concussions.  Whether your child plays football, soccer, baseball, or hockey, getting a concussion is a serious risk to young athletes.

Parents and coaches of children who play sports, especially contact sports need to educate young athletes on how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion.

If your kids get injured and don’t know what to look for they could keep on playing, which will put them at risk of a more significant injury.

Symptoms young athletes should look out for:

 

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”

Coaches and trainers should be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

  • The child appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events before the hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Parents should also be on the lookout for possible concussion symptoms as these could show hours after the incident. If your teen shows any of the symptoms above, they likely have a concussion, and you should seek immediate medical attention.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to Go to The ER for a Head Injury

Not all head injuries require a trip to our ER. However, you should bring your child for evaluation in the following cases:

  • The injury won’t stop bleeding
  • Your child lost consciousness or is confused/disoriented
  • Is vomiting or feels nauseated
  • Have trouble balancing or walking
  • Has difficulty remembering stuff
  • Has a seizure

You should monitor your kids for a few days after they sustained the injury to make sure they don’t develop symptoms.

 

If you notice any of the following, you need to bring them to the ER immediately:

  • They have a headache that won’t go away
  • Show unusual behavior, experience mood swings or have trouble concentrating
  • Have trouble reading, writing or slur their speech
  • Feel numbness, dizziness or weakness in any body part
  • Have difficulty falling asleep or waking up
  • Have difficulty moving their eyes or notice changes in their eyesight

It’s Better to Be Safe

If you are not sure if your child has a traumatic brain injury, the best thing to do is to bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center. It’s better to be safe and have our doctors examine them.

Remember, Altus Emergency Centers are open 24/7 every day of the year; we will always be here for you and your family in times of need.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always open to treat any emergency. Remember if you use our online check-in form, we will be waiting for you at the door.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Employee Highlight Katie Lucas, Credentialing Department

Employee Highlight – Katie Lucas, the Heart of Our Credentialing Department

When patients visit one of our facilities, they trust us to ensure our staff is qualified and dully licensed to practice medicine and that the doctor or nurse taking care of them is the best at what they do.

That responsibility falls on the unsung heroes of our credentialing department. Their job is to make sure that everyone working at our centers has the proper certification, license, or credential that allows them to practice in the state of Texas.

Additionally, they are responsible for vetting providers to guarantee they comply with all legal requirements to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

Katie Lucas is not only a credentialing assistant; she is the heart of the department. Friendly, caring, generous, and dedicated to her job, Katie has become an invaluable member of our work family, and we are grateful to have her with us.

We wanted to know a little more about Katie and her role within Altus, so we sat down with her to ask a few questions.

An Interview with Employee Highlight Katie Lucas

We enjoyed a lovely chat with Katie while she shared about her vision, purpose, family, and becoming a new mom. The following are some highlights of our interview with Katie.

Q: What do you do at Altus?”

A:  Katie

I am the credentialing assistant. I work with Richelle to create and keep up-to-date files for providers who request work for our Hospital and ER locations. Additionally, we ensure the physicians are properly licensed and certified to work in the state of Texas and make sure that they can provide excellent quality care.

 

Q: “How do you think this makes a difference in patients’ lives?”

A:  Katie

By making sure our Physicians/Providers are suitably licensed and certified, our patients can rest easy and feel safe and comfortable in our facilities, knowing they will receive the best care possible.

 

Q: “How long have you been at Altus?”

A:  Katie

I started working at Altus in 2012 when I was only 16 in the Medical Records department. I later moved to the Credentialing department in 2016 and have been here ever since.”

 

Q: “What is your favorite part about working for Altus?

A:  Katie

Because I’ve been with Altus for so many years, my favorite thing about working here is the friendships we have. Altus is like a second family to me and not just a job.”

 

Q: “What do you do when you are not working at Altus?

A:  Katie

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.”

 

Q: “How does it feel to be a new mom?”

A:  Katie

My twins are an absolute blessing! It’s tiring but at the same time so rewarding, and I love every minute of it.”

 

Thank you, Katie Lucas for all that you do!

Thank you, Katie, for the extraordinary work you do in our Credentialing department!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

altus emergency 24 hr ER Texas

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays.

Winter Safety Tips for Kids

Winter Safety Tips for Kids

The recent winter storms have taken many of us by surprise. Unfortunately, when the weather suddenly turns cold, kids face new dangers that we as parents need to be aware of so we can protect them.

But just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean our young ones can’t enjoy themselves. These winter safety tips will help keep your children warm and healthy through the cold weather season.

The Power of Layers

Keeping your child warm is the number one priority. If your children are playing outside or going to school, make sure to dress them in layers. This way, they can remove their coats while inside and still be comfortable.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dressing young children and babies in one more layer than you would wear in the same conditions.

Perfect Time to Accessorise

We’re not talking about your kids becoming fashion icons, although they can if they want to. But cold-weather accessories like gloves, scarfs, and warm boots are an excellent way to keep them comfortable

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Beware of Clothing Hazards

Avoid using clothing with strings or ties like hoodies on small children as these can pose a choking hazard. If you can’t find options without them, then remove the strings, cords, or ties.

Scarfs can also be a hazard for young children. To keep them warm, try using neck warmers instead of scarves.

Additionally, if the weather is cold and damp, make sure to remove wet clothes and shoes immediately. Staying in wet garments can lead to hypothermia.

Bring the Fun Indoors

If the weather is frigid, it’s best to bring the fun indoors. Try to limit the time your kids play outside, and instead think of fun activities for them to do at home. For example, try baking cookies with them, or doing family game night.

Make Your Home a Safe Haven

Your home needs to be a warm and cozy refuge for your family, which means taking all necessary precautions.

During cold weather, you need to beware of carbon monoxide poisoning. To avoid a tragedy, please check your heating devices to make sure they are working correctly and not emitting dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Just as important, take all necessary measures to prevent an accidental burn injury. Place a barrier around fireplaces such as baby gates to prevent burns.

Wear Sunscreen and Keep Hydrated

Children can still get sunburned during a winter spell, and it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated during these winter spells too.

Make sure to apply sunscreen on their faces before they go outside to avoid skin damage.

Additionally, cold, dry air can lead to your children losing water as they breathe. Therefore, they need to replenish fluids frequently even if they are not sweating. Soups and hot beverages are excellent options to keep them warm and hydrated.

Preventing Colds and Other Respiratory Infections

When the weather outside turns cold, the risk of coming down with a cold or flu also increases. But you can help keep your children safe by:

  • Washing their hands with soap and water regularly
  • Teaching them to cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze or cough
  • Don’t send them to school if they are feeling unwell
  • Keep them away from other sick children

When to Go to the ER

Please bring your child to the nearest Altus ER if you see any of the following symptoms:

  • They are having trouble breathing
  • They have a high fever that won’t come down with medication
  • They fell and hit their head
  • Your baby is not urinating enough
  • Your child is sluggish

Winter is a beautiful time of year. And with a bit of planning and some extra precautions, you and your family can be ready to enjoy it to the fullest.

Altus Emergency Centers will continue to be here for the community helping to save lives. However, we urge you to please do what is in your power to keep your family safe. Remember, prevention is always the best option.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

National Kidney Month – Kidney Health

Show Your Kidneys Some Love!

Your kidneys are so important, they have a whole month dedicated to them; you guessed it, March is National Kidney Month.

Altus Emergency Center doctors, nurses and admin staff will be working hard this month to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for proper kidney health. The following are ways to protect yourself from developing chronic kidney disease and other kidney related disorders like kidney stones.

Why are Kidneys So Important?

When thinking of the function of our kidneys we can compare them to our body’s natural chemical plant, they are responsible for:

  • Regulating Fluid Levels
  • Activating Vitamin D which helps keep bones strong
  • They filter waste out of 200 liters of blood every day
  • They release hormones that help regulate blood pressure
  • They control the production of red blood cells

They keep blood minerals (sodium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and acid content) balanced.

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What Happens When Your Kidneys Don’t Function Well?

As you can see from the list above, the kidneys stay pretty busy, so when they suffer damage it inevitably affects other organs, these are some of the problems kidney disease can cause:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart Attack
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Nerve Damage
  • Anemia
  • Weak Bones
  • Kidney Failure
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Kidney Health Statistics in the US: Are You at Risk of Developing Kidney Disease?

Did you know that 1 in 3 adults in the US has a high risk of developing kidney disease?

What’s worse 1 in 9 American adults already has kidney disease yet most don’t even know it. 

These are some of the leading causes or risk factors for chronic kidney disease:

  • Diabetes
  • A Family History of Kidney Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Being over 60

Other risk factors include:

  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol Abuse

Kidney Disease Treated in the ER

The most common kidney disease treated in the emergency room is kidney stones which can be extremely painful.

It is estimated that 13% of men and 7% of women in the United States will develop kidney stones at some point in their lives.

To make matters worse, the likelihood of reoccurrence has been estimated to be as high as 50% within 5 years from the first occurrence.

What Causes Kidney Stones?

One of the most common kidney health problems is kidney stones. Kidney stones are nothing more than crystalized calcium deposits, sometimes they contain uric acid or amino acids, they start as small specks, but they can quickly bind and become larger.

Kidney stones can be caused by many factors including:

  • Gout (high levels of uric acid)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity
  • Dehydration
  • High Protein Diet
  • Prolonged Exposure to a Hot Climate or High Altitude
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Family History of Kidney Stones
  • Being Inactive for an Extended Period of Time
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Kidney Stone Symptoms

Most patients that visit our centers who are diagnosed with kidney stones show one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Severe Flank and Lower Back Pain (This may radiate down to the groin area)
  • Presence of Blood in Their Urine (Hematuria)
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Heavy Sweating
  • Difficulty Urinating

Kidney Stone Diagnosis and Treatments in the ER

Although your symptoms may indicate you have a kidney stone, doctors will require additional tests like x-rays, ultrasounds and in some cases a CT Scan, this will help them determine the size and location of the stone which will then dictate the proper medical treatment.

Kidney stone treatments will vary depending on the severity, size, and location of the stone, small stones will often pass through the urine on their own, and these are usually treated with pain medication and observation. Larger stones or those which have caused other side effects such as infection or kidney failure may require surgery.

Preventing Kidney Disease

If you know you have a higher risk than normal of developing kidney disease the best thing to do is to try and prevent it, in order to do this, should get checked regularly, have a urine test and blood test done at least once a year.

Your kidneys work hard every day, show them love by drinking plenty of fluids, eating a healthy balanced diet, exercise regularly, don’t smoke or abuse alcohol.

Kidney Friendly Candy!

You can care for your kidneys and keep your sweet tooth happy as well!  Whether you are treating a chronic kidney disease or just want to ensure proper kidney health, the following is a list of candy that is kidney diet friendly (Source: Davita.com)

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Kidney Diet Candy:

  • Hard candy
    • Sweetarts®
    • Jolly Ranchers®
    • LifeSavers®
    • Lemonhead® candies
    • Candy canes
    • Sugar free hard candy
    • Charms® sour balls
    • Lollipops (Dum Dum Pops® or Charms® lollipops)
    • Smarties® (known as Rockets® in Canada)
    • Runts®
    • Mike and Ike® candy
  • Gumdrops
  • Jelly beans
  • Gummy Bears and fruit slices
  • Starburst®
  • Hot Tamales®
  • Peeps® marshmallows
  • Now and Later®
  • Jawbreakers
  • Conversation hearts (usually found around Valentine’s Day)
  • Air Heads®
  • Laffy Taffy®
  • Peach and apple rings
  • Sour Patch® Kids®
  • Skittles®
  • Shortbread cookie-type candy
  • Fondant (type of cake icing)

Now that you know more about good kidney health, make sure that you keep them in mind when planning a healthy lifestyle for you and your loved ones.

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Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Cheerleading Safety Tips to Prevent Injuries

National Cheerleading Safety to Prevent Injuries

Cheering for Safety

Give us an S, an A, an F, E, T, Y!  What do we have? SAFETY! Why are we cheering? Because March is Cheerleading Safety Month, and as always, the staff at Altus Emergency Centers is cheering for your child’s safety.

Cheerleading has come a long way since it’s early days, and it is now a highly competitive and demanding sport, and like with any other sport, cheerleaders are susceptible to sports injuries. There has been a lot of debate regarding the number of injuries sustained by cheerleaders, some claim it is on the rise while others feel critical injuries have diminished in recent years thanks to new safety rules applied to the sport.

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Common Cheerleading Injuries

 

Both are correct, thankfully catastrophic cheerleading injuries have declined considerably during the last decade, however, the number of cheerleader emergency room visits for non-catastrophic injuries has increased, these injuries include:

• Ankle Sprains

• Knee Injuries

• Wrist Injuries

• Shoulder Injuries

• Lower Back Pain, and Concussions

Altus ER Tips to Cheer Safe!

School cheerleading programs must have a certified cheerleading coach managing the program, and there are safety guidelines that must be followed to ensure the wellbeing of the athletes, these include:

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Using the Right Equipment

The use of landing mats is not currently mandatory either during practice sessions or performances, but these are recommended.

Most cheerleading-related injuries occur during practice especially when learning new maneuvers, it is advisable to always practice using 4-inch landing mats to avoid serious injuries.

Footgear is an important factor in injury prevention, cheerleaders should wear properly fitting rubber-soled shoes with adequate cushioning and ankle support. Additionally, flyers should consider wearing a cheering vest during practice to protect themselves from bruising and injury.

Choose a Safe Place to Practice

Back in the day when cheerleading was mostly about waving pom-poms and chanting, it was safe to practice out in the open. Because cheerleading now involves advanced acrobatics and gymnastics, practice spaces should be chosen carefully. Never practice on wet or uneven surfaces like grass or turf, instead look for smooth, level, and dry places to practice in which are clear of obstacles that may cause injury.

Stay in Shape

Cheerleading requires a great deal of strength and balance, and therefore athletes should take great care of their fitness all year-round.

Like with any sport it is important not to overdo it, cheerleaders should take time to rest between training sessions to avoid overuse injuries.

Given that cheerleading now requires gymnastic skills, it is not a bad idea to enroll your child in a gymnastics program, this will serve to improve the child’s skills, and confidence which will help prevent injuries.

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Stretch, Warm Up, and Cool Down

We cannot stress how important warming exercises and proper stretching techniques are, these have been proven to reduce muscle strain and prevent injuries, however, cool down exercises and after workout stretching exercises are just as important in injury prevention.

Follow Stunt Progression

The saying you need to learn to crawl before you learn to walk applies to everything in life, especially advanced gymnastic sports. Coaches need to ensure cheerleaders learn the basic skills before introducing more advanced movements and stunts.

Altus Emergency Cares About Cheerleading Safety

At Altus Emergency Centers, we applaud the level of commitment and skill being a cheerleader requires, we encourage students to challenge themselves, improve their skills and push themselves to do things they never thought were possible, but, we urge, parents, coaches, and athletes alike to always put safety first.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

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We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

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