A powerful national pediatricians group is urging parents to use caution when it comes to taking their children to minute clinics inside retail outlets.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirmed its stance earlier this month. This comes with the proliferation of urgent-care and minute clinics inside grocery stores and drug stores like CVS and Walgreens.
Parents like the clinics because they are open after hours and on weekends. You also can walk in when it may take a couple of days to get an appointment at your regular doctor's office.
But doctors and the staff at a minute clinic won't know your child's history, and that creates fragmented care, the national group says.
Dr. Nasreen Talib of Children's Mercy says she has a team when she sees children.
"I have my nurse, my social worker, I have my nutritionist with me so I can take care of the child as a whole," she said. "It's definitely convenient and easy for them to go and it works for adults, but for pediatrics it does not work."
The staff at the retail clinic may just treat your child for a rash, but not know that other issues could be linked to the rash.
"What happens is they just take care of that problem but then they miss all the aspects of the child," Talib said. "Then they come to me and I don't know what's happened because there's no communication."
Pediatricians have a triage nurse or doctor on call, and you should always check with them first, experts say. If that doesn't work and your child gets treated at a urgent-care clinic, then ask that your child's records be sent to your pediatrician's office.
Many doctors have expanded their office hours so that they are only closed on Sundays.
Another concern is taking sick children into the stores and exposing shoppers to germs.
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