Emergency Visits Increase In Winter Months

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 7:20pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:39pm

EL PASO- It's that time of the year when doctors see an increase of patients who are getting sick because of the cold weather and children are the ones who are most affected.

"The busiest time for children for the pediatric ER is actually in the winter months because the respiratory illnesses are the most common thing that makes kids get sick."

The children's emergency room at Providence Memorial Hospital is seeing 50 children in the emergency room each day.

"Right now, we're seeing about 50 children a day in the winter months but that's going to increase as things get busier and the flu season sets in," said Dr. Sandy Garcia.

Dr. Garcia said there is way to prevent it from happening to your child.

"The best way to prevent it if the child has respiratory illness and they're coughing, they cough into their arm and not into the open," Dr Garcia said. "Making sure we're washing our hands, using Purell, not sharing drinks, utensils, toys and just being cognizant of that."

Dr. Garcia also said it's a good time to get your flu shot. Flu season is from October to May and the emergency room will see most cases starting after Christmas.

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As the cold season gets worse, we must take care of the little ones. Thank you, Cathy Hernandez for that report. The tips are very important, because we don't want to visit the emergency room especially when the roads are slippery and icy.

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