Urgent Care Centers

Pediatrician, Urgent Care or Emergency Department?


Urgent Care is convenient when your child is sick, and it makes your life easier as well. The latest studies show that an average Urgent Care visit is about half the cost and half the wait of an Emergency Department visit.

We all want the best care for our children and sometimes it is difficult to determine whether we should seek advice from a pediatrician, take them to the Emergency Department or Urgent Care.

This list offers a guide to choosing the right treatment option for your child.

Call your Pediatrician:

  • When your child is sick or injured, the doctor may want to see your child for a Sick Child Visit. Sick Child Visits are usually available on the same or next day.
  • When you need advice about medicines that you may give at home to help your child feel better.
  • When you need advice about whether to take your child to an Urgent Care or Emergency Department.
  • When your child has any new health problem or pain that will not go away or that worries you.

Choose our Urgent Care Center for:

  • Belly (abdominal) pain
  • Allergic reactions without trouble breathing
  • Asthma and wheezing
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever (for infants less than 60 days old, go to the Emergency Department)
  • Object removal (eyes, ears, nose)
  • Headaches
  • Minor cuts and wound care
  • Minor burns
  • Nose bleeds that won’t stop
  • Rash that won’t go away
  • Respiratory infections
  • Vomiting
  • Sprains or strains
  • Pain and difficulty urinating

Visit the Emergency Department for:

  • Sudden change of mental state
  • Fainting
  • Loss of consciousness or being unable to respond
  • Coughing up blood
  • Trouble breathing
  • Poisoning or overdose
  • Seizure
  • Serious or severe injuries, burns or shocks
  • Severe belly (abdominal) pain
  • Broken bone
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Severe dehydration
  • Fever for infants less than 60 days old
  • Head injury

Download the Pediatrician, Urgent Care or Emergency Department Handout (PDF)

Phoenix Children's Hospital Urgent Care physicians all have experience in pediatric emergency medicine and are part of the Phoenix Children's Hospital Emergency Department staff. Patients will have access to the same specialty support as our patients at the main campus.

Disclaimer: The information provided at this site 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. Phoenix Children's Hospital urges you to contact your physician with any questions you may have about a medical condition.

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