I would agree with her. Parents panic over all kinds of things. I think one of the most common reasons for parents to present to ED with young children is for a fever. The thing people need to realise is that low grade fevers (as in 37.5 - 39) are not only normal, but quite important for children because the raised temperature makes the body more effective at fighting viruses, therefore building up the immune system. But unfortunately most mothers worry and start trying to bring the fever down with panadol and nurofen, or they take the child to ED, when really, the best thing for the child would be to stay hydrated and get a good night sleep and let the fever run its course. Even though I am a nurse and know this, I still panic a bit at times, so I can understand why parents take their kids to ED when it isn't necessary but I think parents need to really think about what the hospital would do that they couldn't do at home, and decide if it is worth it or not
My DS had a temp about a year ago that hit 40 degrees, I rang the health direct line rather than take him to ED (of course this happened during the night lol) and they gave me some really helpful advice and I managed to get his temp down... I have used the health direct number a few times when I've been unsure of something.
In the 4.5yrs I've been a mum I've only had one trip to the ED and that was for DS, I discovered a massive fluid filled lump on the side of his head (it was 9cm long!) I did take him to the after hours gp first and they advised to take him straight to ED. He wasn't priority and we were waiting in ED for 5hrs before we even got seen by anyone!!
I understand the health of our children is the most important thing but I don't agree with those that rush off to ED for minor things that can be fixed at home. I would be shocked if I worked there and someone showed up because their child wouldn't sleep!!
I'm not sure if it's all over Aus or not but here in Perth there is an after hours gp service that you can call and they will come to your house, I think this is a great idea smile