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Emergency Room When to go: Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care
Emergency Room When to go: Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care

When your child needs medical care and can’t wait until your doctor’s office opens, where should you go? This chart will help you know whether a visit to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room is best. Urgent Care is not intended for emergencies, but is appropriate for minor illnesses and injuries. Remember, if your child’s illness or injury is life-threatening, call 911.

See a list of our urgent care locations and emergency room locations.

Emergency Room

Urgent Care

Asthma attack (severe)
Bleeding that won't stop
Broken bone (looks bent, curved or deformed)
Burn (severe)
Cast problems (soiled or wet)
Cut (severe)
Fainting
Fever (infants less than 2 months old)
Head injury (loss of consciousness or extreme impact)
Headache (migraine)
Pneumonia (diagnosed and with worsening symptoms)
Poisoning
Seizure
Stomach pain (severe)
Swallowed object
Trouble breathing
Ultrasound, CT scan or MRI
Allergies
Asthma attack (minor)
Broken bone (not bent)
Bronchiolitis
Burn (minor)
Cold
Cough
Cut (minor)
Dehydration
Diarrhea
Dizziness
Earache and ear infection
Fever (children over 2 months old)
Headache 
Head injury (no loss of consciousness, minor impact)
Insect or minor dog bite
Nausea
Pink eye
Rash
Sore throat
Sprain or strain
Stitches (from minor cut)
Stomach pain (mild)
Urinary infection

 

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