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Is my child too sick for school? How to know

It’s not too hard to imagine that after dinner one night, your child just looks under the weather. You take her temperature and you see that it’s around 101 degrees. You have her drink some warm water with lemon and send her to bed early to get some sleep. When she wakes up in the morning, she’s still got a mild fever, 99.5, but she is acting normally – eating breakfast, doing her normal morning routine.

You suspect she’s fine but you’re still not sure if you are putting others at risk. Sometimes it’s easy to know whether to keep your child at home and take her to an urgent care center, but sometimes it’s not so cut-and-dried. Here’s a few tips to help you decide.


Send her:

If your child is over 4 months old, has a temperature of less than 101, isn’t having problems drinking fluids and says she feels pretty good, you should send her to preschool or school.

Don’t send her:

If your baby is younger than 4 months old and has any fever at all (above 98.6 degrees), bring her to our urgent care center Spring Hill to have her checked. For such young children, any fever indicates an infection; not only will she be considered contagious, she will won’t feel good participating in that day’s activities. Keep her home until she is fever-free for at least 24 hours.


Send her:

One trip to the bathroom is surprisingly not much to worry about for kids. It usually indicates either a bad reaction to something they ate or choking on something – not that they are sick with the flu or other infection.

Don’t send her:

If there have been two trips to the bathroom to vomit within 24 hours, keep her home. You shouldn’t feel the need to bring her to the urgent care center right away.  If she shows any signs of dehydration (including peeing less than usual, not producing tears when crying or isn’t producing spit), then start by trying to give her small sips of water or other liquid frequently. If it continuously causes vomiting, or if the vomiting hasn’t subsided after a couple of days, visit a doctor.


Send her:

If the stools are only a little loose and she’s acting normally, you can feel safe sending her to school.

Don’t send her:

If she has diarrhea more than 3 times a day or they are so water that the diaper will overflow, keep them home. This is usually the sign of a contagious infection. Keep an eye out for dehydration and visit an urgent care center Spring Hill if you notice blood or mucus in the stool.

Sore throat

Send her:

This is one of the trickiest to judge. You don’t want your child to be so distracted by an aching throat that they can’t focus at school, but usually sore throats are just the effect of post-nasal drip. Send her if there’s no fever.

Don’t send her:

Sore throat plus fever is a different story. If your child has additional symptoms like swollen glands, a fever, a headache or stomachache, don’t let her go to school; bring her to our urgent care center. These symptoms are often associated with strep throat, which requires antibiotics before a return to school.


Send her:

Again, if this is the only symptom and it’s not accompanied by vomiting, your child should be OK at school.

Don’t send her:

Stomachache plus is cause for concern, i.e. stomachache plus vomiting, diarrhea, or fever as well as lethargy. This can signal gastroenteritis, although sharp pain can also be a sign of constipation. If you suspect that your child has gastroenteritis, make sure she drinks water – but hold off on visiting the doctor until after a few days. If you suspect constipation, stop in and we can check her out.


Send her:

Runny noses are minimal cause for concern, and a minor cough shouldn’t send you into fits of worry. If that’s all your child has, send her to school.

Don’t send her:

A hacking cough or a phlegmy one are both reasons to keep your child home from school. Wheezing, fever and lethargy are also causes for concern. If the cold persists more than 3 days and over-the-counter treatments aren’t helping, stop into our urgent care center Spring Hill to see if it’s something more serious. We don’t prescribe antibiotics for colds, but we do want to make sure your child’s cold hasn’t morphed into pneumonia or bronchitis.

You really don’t know?

If you really aren’t sure about the severity of your child’s symptoms, we’re here for you. Call us or pop in before you make the decision. We are here to help.


The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider.


What to do when something bit or stung you – Part II

In our last article, we gave tips and warnings about bees and wasps, fire ants and sand flies. This time, we’re escaping the heat and open spaces of picnics and beaches to head for some tree cover. The truth is that there are different things to be worried about when you’re taking a hike in the woods. Here are some other bugs you should be on the lookout for this summer and what to do about them if you should meet them.


Ticks are one of the most common source of bites in humans. They like warm, moist areas of the body, which makes them so risky when you’re camping. Unlike other bugs, ticks remain attached to you after they bite you so that they can continue to suck your blood.

The bite itself is generally harmless, although you should try to remove the tick as quickly and completely as possible. However, ticks are notorious for carrying disease – Lyme disease being among them, and frequently misdiagnosed. If you are allergic to ticks, you’ll see problems around the bite – a burning sensation, itching, etc., which can be relieved with hydrocortisone cream. If you have a more severe reaction, then it’s time to stop into our Spring Hill walk in clinic to take quick action.

As mentioned, though, the worst part of ticks is not the bite – but the potential disease. If, in the weeks following your camping trip or walk through the woods, you notice a rash, neck stiffness, nausea, weakness or a number of other symptoms, you should come immediately to our urgent care center in Spring Hill for treatment, which may include an antibiotic.


Although we hear a lot about black widow and brown recluse spiders, they are actually quite rare. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention, though. If you get bit by a spider, most of the time it is harmless, if annoying. You should treat it by washing it and using an antibiotic ointment if you suspect it was a brown recluse. Otherwise, keep the affected area elevated and apply a cool compress to reduce swelling.

If you suspect you were bit by a black widow or if your bite isn’t healing, stop into our Spring Hill walk in clinic for immediate treatment.


These dastardly insects are so small yet so dangerous – in fact, we can say they are the most dangerous insect in the world because they transmit so many diseases! Of course, your neighborhood mosquito is more likely to cause you annoyance than malaria, but you should still be aware of diseases like West Nile virus and, more recently, Zika virus.

That’s why it’s best to always stay protected, i.e., wear light colors and insect repellent, and to eliminate mosquito hotspots if possible, i.e., no birdbaths, poorly maintained landscaping ponds, and improper drainage in your backyard. If you do get bit by a mosquito, you’ll most likely just be a bit itchy; if you have a lot of bites, e.g., from sleeping in the backyard or playing outside at dusk,, you may want to pick up some calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to cut down on the itching.

If you have unusual persistent symptoms, like headaches, body aches, diarrhea or rash, or worse – neck stiffness, vision loss or disorientation, come into our urgent care center in Spring Hill immediately to be checked for West Nile.

LifeGuard Urgent Care – Urgent Care Spring Hill

LifeGuard Urgent Care is open 7 days a week, 8am-8pm to serve you when you need it – before you head to work or after that weekend BBQ. If you suspect you have been bitten by something and you are having an adverse reaction, stop in, no appointment necessary, to get it checked out.


The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider.


Pain after working out? What to do?

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The countdown to summer has begun – and for most of us, that means we are starting to hit the gym a little more frequently so we can feel great at the beach. But if you have been pretty inactive this spring, or if you are trying a new style of training, you may be at risk of getting injured if you push yourself too fast. In this article, we share several common injuries that come from physical activity and where you can get treated fast.


Back pain

If you are trying cross training or weight lifting for the first time, you have to be extremely careful about your form. If you don’t keep your hips in or your abs tight when doing lunges, swings or standing overhead presses, you’ll start lifting with the wrong muscles and put undue strain on your back. Protect your back by learning how to lift with a trainer and always paying attention to proper form.


If you do experience back pain, stop into our urgent care center in Spring Hill to get checked out – no appointments necessary.


Knee or ankle pain

If you haven’t been running regularly and you start an everyday routine, you may put yourself at risk for stress fractures or knee pain. This comes from weakness in the muscles surrounding the knee, which you are now using more regularly than before. If you decide to start running regularly after a break, make sure you do some cross-training along with it – lunges, squats and other exercises to strengthen the muscles in your legs.


If you have already started experiencing knee or ankle pain, our Spring Hill urgent care center is here for you. You can come in when you have time and find out what’s wrong.


Scrapes and open wounds

If you have ever tried doing a box jump – where you jump from the ground onto a raised platform (usually a wooden box), you know that missing the box can have extremely negative consequences – at best a scrape; at worst, a trip to the emergency room for stitches. Why do these exercises? Plyometrics give us power when running and jumping. But when using tools like barbells, weight machines or boxes, you also might need an extra supply of Band-aids.


If you get injured at the gym and you’re not bleeding profusely, but you’re also not sure if you need stitches, the best thing to do is head for our urgent care center in Spring Hill. We’ll be able to tell you what your best course of action is and sew you up – without waiting for hours at an emergency room.


Spring Hill urgent care center – Help when you need it

We don’t want to discourage you from working out – but you need to be smart about how you do it. If you do feel pain or are concerned that something is wrong, don’t push yourself too hard. Come to our Spring Hill urgent care center and get it checked out. We are open 8am-8pm seven days a week.