When your child is sick or injured, it can be difficult to know where to take him or her for care. If your child’s problem is not life-threatening but you need to see a doctor immediately, please visit one of our urgent care centers. Doctors at an urgent care center can help if your child has a cold, flu, earache, sore throat, rash, sprains or any other minor childhood illness.
Children with serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses should be taken immediately to the Emergency Department. Any time your child has difficulty breathing, looks very ill, is irritable or lethargic, or “just doesn’t seem right,” you should utilize our pediatric emergency service.
A child should be brought to the Emergency Department immediately if he or she:
- Has heavy or uncontrollable bleeding
- Is having a severe Asthma attack
- Has a broken bone
- Has a possible head, neck or spine injury
- Coughing blood
- Is experiencing seizure
- Has a blunt or penetrating eye injury
- Has a severe
- Has a head injury with vomiting, confusion, extreme tiredness or lack of consciousness
If your child has a possible poisoning and is not responding normally or is having difficulty breathing, call the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) for expert help and advice.
For more information on when to bring your child to the Emergency Department, go here for a detailed listing.