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Urgent Care Specialist

Kalpana Kumari, MD, FAAP -  - Pediatric Care

Rise & Shine Pediatrics

Kalpana Kumari, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Care located in South Plainfield, NJ

If your child has an injury or you feel they need to see a pediatrician immediately, Kalpana Kumari, MD, FAAP, at Rise & Shine Pediatrics provides urgent care services at her offices in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Dr. Kumari and the team of pediatric experts are able to diagnose and treat many illnesses and injuries with the best care. Whether your child has a broken bone, sore throat, or symptoms of the flu, you can call or schedule an appointment for quality urgent care. The practice serves the areas of Edison and Woodbridge.

Urgent Care Q & A

What is urgent care?

Urgent care is a type of medical care that treats conditions that come up suddenly but aren’t life-threatening emergencies. Because most parents seek pediatric medical care for minor injuries or non-emergent health concerns, urgent care offers timely medical treatment without the need to wait in an emergency room. 

Rise & Shine Pediatrics offers walk-in and same-day urgent care appointments for infants, children, adolescents, teens, and young adults. 

When should I use urgent care? 

Rise & Shine Pediatrics offers urgent care for minor, nonlife-threatening conditions, such as:

  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat
  • Asthma flare-up or attack
  • Allergic reaction
  • Sports injuries
  • Flu symptoms
  • Common cold symptoms
  • Pink eye
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Ear pain
  • Foreign bodies or splinters
  • Insect bites
  • Minor burns or cuts
  • Broken bones or strained muscles
  • Fever, unless in a child younger than two months old
  • Cough and cold symptoms

If your child needs a sports physical or well-child checkup, it’s best to make an appointment for another time. Urgent care is for when treatment can’t wait until the next day. 

What happens during an urgent care visit? 

During your child’s urgent care visit, Dr. Kumari:

  • Assesses your child’s problem 
  • Orders diagnostic tests, including rapid strep or flu test
  • Gives appropriate treatment, including breathing treatments
  • Prescribes medications or other treatments
  • Schedules a follow-up visit 
  • Provides your child a school or work excuse, if needed 

If your child needs more specialized or emergency care, the Rise & Shine Pediatrics team coordinates their health care, so they get the best care possible. 

When is it best to take my child to the emergency room?

Urgent care offers a place where you can relieve your mind and get quick treatment for minor concerns. However, there are times when an ER provides the best possible care for your child. 

Conditions best treated in an ER include: 

  • Seizures
  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe, uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe burns with tissue loss
  • Major trauma or significant injuries
  • Concussion or head injury 
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • High fever with headache and stiff neck
  • Being difficult to arouse or change in mental status
  • Sudden loss of sight, speech, or movement

If your infant is younger than two months old and has a rectal temperature of 100.4℉ or more, it is essential that you seek emergency medical attention rather than urgent care. 

For quality urgent care, you can call or schedule an appointment online with Rise & Shine Pediatrics.