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August 16, 2023

When to Visit Urgent Care vs. the E.R.

As a parent, your child’s health is your utmost priority, and being aware of when to seek urgent care or head to the emergency room can be critical for their well-being. Emergency rooms are equipped to provide fast, lifesaving care, while urgent care centers are ideal for non-emergency medical situations.

The following is a list of situations and where to bring your child based on that situation.

Urgent Care:

  • Animal bites, minor bone fractures, minor burns and cuts that require stitches
  • Allergies
  • Coughs, sore throats, high fevers and flu
  • Earaches, sinus pain, eye problems, minor headaches and minor breathing problems
  • Rashes and skin problems
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain

Emergency Room:

  • Trouble breathing, including asthma that is not improving with home treatments
  • Any change in behavior following a loss of consciousness, especially after a head injury
  • Bleeding you can’t stop
  • Blue or purple skin or lips
  • Mild to severe burns or smoke inhalation
  • Choking
  • Facial or dental injuries
  • Seizures
  • Any impact injuries, such as from a car or bicycle accident or falls from heights

 You can depend on us for quick and effective care worthy of your children wherever you need to see us.


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