Do you know the best place to go when you child is sick?
We’ve all been there: it’s late, and your child is suddenly flushed and feverish. You know they need to see a doctor right away, but your pediatrician has gone home for the day. Should you try an urgent care center, or head right to the Emergency Room? Below, we outline some general rules for where to seek care.
Accidents and unexpected illness happen. When you need immediate pediatric treatment for non life-threatening injuries and illnesses, choose PedsNow. We’re open Monday through Thursday 3pm – 9pm, Friday 2pm – 10pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9am – 9pm to offer comforting care with no appointment necessary. We provide nearly all the services available at a traditional pediatric office, with the added convenience of digital x-ray machines and lab testing onsite. Most procedures are covered by insurance and self-pay discounts are available.
Conditions that are well-suited for Urgent Care include:
Fever with “colds”
Few episodes of mild/moderate vomiting/diarrhea without lethargy
Mild cases of yee discharge or redness
If your child is still able to walk, talk, play and interact, it’s most likely not a medical emergency, and an urgent care is a good choice for care.
Call 911 or go immediately to your nearest hospital emergency department if your child:
Is less than 2 months old with a fever
Has a high probability of a broken bone (especially if there is severe trauma)
Suffers open cuts on the face or other lacerations that are large and would require suturing if the child may need sedation
Is gasping for air
Has changes in the level of consciousness, lethargy, or loss of consciousness
Has severe chest pain
Develops a fever after a medical procedure
Develops an illness after surgery
You should also head to the ER when parental instincts suggest that the condition is an “emergency”. You know your child best!