Urgent Care vs. Emergency Care

Having a sick or injured child means that you have a lot of choices to make: Is that cough just a cough or is it something more? Was that fall serious or just a boo-boo? 
And if one of these scenarios happens after your pediatrician’s office is closed, the next question is: Do I take my child to the emergency room or to an urgent care center? 
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.