When to go to pediatric urgent care vs. the emergency room
How do you know when to go to pediatric urgent care vs. the emergency room? Click Here for a PDF list of symptoms & conditions.
These are some of the most common symptoms in children that require immediate medical care. Look for your child’s symptoms (or something similar) to determine which type of medical care they require. Pres Ctrl + F to search for a specific symptom.
If the situation is too urgent to read through this list, please consider taking your child to the nearest ER. If you have questions, please call our office at (865) 541-8379. Please note that we cannot give medical advice of any kind via the internet or phone.
Reasons to go to pediatric urgent care
- Fever (if older than 2 months)
- Ear pain
- Abdominal pain
- Mild wheezing
- Persistent cough
- Cuts or minor burn
- Suspected sprain or fracture
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Sore throat
- Infected bug bite
- Minor animal bite
- Mild allergic reaction
- Urinary infection
Reasons to take your child to the emergency room
- Severe difficulty breathing
- Change in mental status: unusually sleepy or difficult to wake, disoriented, or confused
- Excessive bleeding
- Stiff neck and fever
- Continuous rapid heartbeat
- Ingestion of poisonous substance
- Ingestion of excessive medication
- Severe head injury
- Medical device malfunction
- Infant (less than 2 months) with fever
- Severe dental trauma
- Penetrating eye trauma
- Neonatal jaundice
For directions to Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, visit our Location page.