Urgent Care or the ER for your child?

Pediatric Urgent Care or Emergency room

When it comes to your child’s health care needs, it is important to know when and where to go when a sudden illness or injury occurs.

Pediatric Urgent Care 
Examples of conditions that require treatment right away but are not immediately life-threatening:

  • Ear ache or sinus pain
  • Heat stroke and dehydration
  • Mild fevers, cold or flu symptoms
  • Mild or moderate asthma attack
  • Mildly bleeding cuts
  • Minor allergic reactions and rashes
  • Minor burns
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Painful urination
  • Pink eye or other minor eye problems
  • Sore throat
  • Sprains or strains

Pediatric Emergency Room
Examples of conditions that require immediate medical treatment:

  • Difficulty breathing or speaking
  • Eye or head injuries
  • High fevers
  • Infant under 12 weeks old with fever
  • Loss of consciousness or vision
  • Numbness in face or limbs
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe asthma attack
  • Severe burns
  • Severe coughs, congestion and sinus problems
  • Severe cut or laceration
  • Suspected drug overdose or poisoning
  • Traumatic injury

When in doubt, dial 911 for the fastest way to get emergency medical care.


3 Responses to “Urgent Care or the ER for your child?”

  1. sutton

    I am glad you mentioned that sprains should be seen at an urgent care and not the ER. I recently sprained my ankle. Thank you for the information on when you go to urgent care versus the ER.

  2. Larry Weaver

    Thanks for pointing out how minor burns should be treated at an urgent care facility. My son was cooking some macaroni and cheese when he burned his hand pretty bad. I will take him to an urgent care facility in order to treat the burn on his hands and arms.


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