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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.
The Emergency Room can help with serious or severe illnesses and injuries. If your child's condition is life-threatening, call 911.
Asthma attack (severe)
Bleeding that won't stop
Broken bone (looks bent, curved or deformed)
Cast problems (soiled or wet)
Fever (infants less than 2 months old)
Head injury (loss of consciousness or extreme impact)
Pneumonia (diagnosed and with worsening symptoms)
Stomach pain (severe)
Ultrasound, CT scan or MRI
Urgent Care centers are a great option for minor illnesses and injuries. Children's Mercy urgent care providers care for children with conditions like:
Asthma attack (minor)
Broken bone (not bent)
Earache and ear infection
Fever (children over 2 months old)
Head injury (no loss of consciousness, minor impact)
Insect or minor dog bite
Sprain or strain
Stitches (from minor cut)
Stomach pain (mild)