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Clogged hospitals prompt warnings from Minnesota doctors

Leading Minnesota pediatricians on Monday urged parents to consider alternatives to emergency room visits for mildly ill children during an early and busy flu season that is clogging hospital beds.

While severely ill children need immediate care - particularly those who are dehydrated or struggling to breathe - doctors said there are many patients coming in who could be cared for at home.

"Fevers in and of themselves are not a reason to come into the emergency room unless they're persisting for a long time," said Dr. Andrea Singh, chair of pediatrics at Park Nicollet. "More than four to five days, we probably do want to see you."


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