When is urgent care the best option for my child?

Urgent care is the best option for your child if your child has an acute illness and you feel he or she needs to be seen by a doctor immediately. Ideally, your child's regular doctor will be able to schedule an appointment on short notice, but this is not always possible. This is when you should take your child to an urgent care center.
Alfred D. Sacchetti, MD
Emergency Medicine
An urgent care center can be the best option for your child for non-emergencies at night and on weekends when your child's pediatrician or family doctor is not in the office. Urgent care centers are often staffed by emergency doctors.

Urgent care centers often have x-ray equipment onsite to check broken bones and other injuries. Appointments are not needed.

Urgent care is a convenient resource for minor injuries that aren't life-threatening but require medical attention the same day.

Try urgent care for:
  • ear or eye infections
  • flu-like symptoms
  • minor cuts and burns
  • sprains, strains and simple fractures
  • urinary tract infections
  • allergies or mild asthma attacks
Don't downplay your child's symptoms. Time is important. If you have any doubts of where to go, head to the closest emergency room.
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