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Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room: What is Best for Your Child

Having a hard time deciding what your child needs during this time?

Ouchie or Emergency?

When your child is sick, it’s a tough time. You want them to be comforted and to feel better, but sometimes it’s not clear if they’re ill enough to warrant a normal trip to the doctor or something more serious.

Urgent care is here to bridge the gap between when your pediatrician’s office is closed—evenings, weekends and holidays—and to care for your child when they need care the most. The emergency room is a whole different ballgame.

How do you tell if you need to visit an urgent care vs. the emergency room?

It’s An Emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • A seizure
  • Ingesting poison
  • Coughing and vomiting up blood
  • Head injury with a loss of consciousness
  • Large and complex deep cuts
  • Open bone fractures and dislocated bones
  • Severe dehydration—your child is lethargic and confused, has dry lips and a dry mouth, or hasn’t urinated for more than 12 hours.
  • A newborn (under two months) with a fever of over 100.4 F
  • Severe allergic reaction (swelling, difficulty breathing)
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Sudden change in mental status
  • A loss or change in vision

It’s Urgent:

  • A cold or the flu
  • Vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Minor burns
  • Nosebleeds
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear pain
  • Foreign bodies in the ear or nose
  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Simple lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Asthma attacks
  • Croup
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sore throat
  • Closed bone fractures

We know when things like this happen, your night can be scary. We’re here for you to provide you with comforting care for your little star to make those nights a little brighter.

Disclaimer: The information provided is intended to be general information, and is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to take the place of examination, treatment, or consultation with a physician. Please consult a physician if you suspect your child needs urgent or emergent care.