Urgent care vs. the Emergency room?


When your child is in crisis, whether it is minor or major, it sends every parent into a bit of a panic. How do I help my child quickly and get the best care?

Pediatrix Urgent Care shares the following tips.

It’s an Emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • A seizure
  • Ingesting poison
  • Coughing and vomiting up blood
  • Head injury with a loss of consciousness
  • Large and complex deep cuts 
  • Open bone fractures and dislocated bones
  • Severe dehydration—your child is lethargic and confused, has dry lips and a dry mouth, or hasn’t urinated for more than 12 hours. 
  • A newborn (under two months) with a fever of over 100.4 F 
  • Severe allergic reaction (swelling, difficulty breathing)
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Sudden change in mental status
  • A loss or change in vision

It’s Urgent:

  • A cold or the flu
  • Vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Minor burns
  • Nosebleeds
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear pain
  • Foreign bodies in the ear or nose
  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Simple lacerations 
  • Sprains
  • Asthma attacks
  • Croup
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sore throat
  • Closed bone fractures 

Disclaimer:  The information provided is intended to be general information, and is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to take the place of examination, treatment, or consultation with a physician. Please consult a physician if you suspect your child needs urgent or emergent care.

About Pediatrix

Our physician-led health care organization partners with hospitals, health systems and health care facilities to offer clinical services across numerous specialties and subspecialties supporting the continuum of care from birth through adulthood. Together with our growing network of office-based specialists, we make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

  1. Pediatric Care

    • Leading provider of newborn hearing screens for 25+ years – Over 12 million babies screened to date

• Newborn nursery services
• 20+ pediatric subspecialties, including:

– Audiology
– Cardiology
– Developmental-behavioral – Emergency medicine
– Endocrinology
– Gastroenterology
– Gynecology
– Hematology
– Infectious disease
– Intensive/critical care
– Neurology

– Ophthalmology
– Orthopedics
– Otolaryngology (ENT)
– Pediatric hospitalist
– Plastic and reconstructive surgery – Primary and urgent care
– Pulmonology
– Rheumatology
– Surgery
– Telehealth
– Urology

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