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New Report Lists Top 10 Reasons Children End Up in Emergency Rooms

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:02:57 +0000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Every year more than 25 million children under the age of 18 are sent to emergency rooms around the country.

A new report from U.S. News and World Report lists the top ten reasons that children are sent to the ER. The causes of hospitalization were named in no particular order and included endocrine disorders, genitourinary disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, mental and behavioral health conditions, skin disorders, digestive disorders, infectious and parasitic diseases, nervous system disorders, respiratory disorders and injury and poisoning.

The biggest surprise from the report was that many of the situations that resulted in emergency room visits could have waited for a trip to the pediatrician during office hours and did not require hospitalization. Still, especially in the case of injuries or poisonings, parents should think of the emergency room first.

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