Urgent Care Centers

Should I go to the Emergency Department or Urgent Care?


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 room visit.

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

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

Choose our Urgent Care Center for:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma and wheezing
  • Cold and flu
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infections
  • Eye irrigation and treatment
  • Fever (If the child is under 60 days old, go to the Emergency Room)
  • Foreign body removal (ears, nose)
  • Headaches
  • Minor laceration and wound care
  • Minor burns
  • Nose bleeds
  • Rash
  • Respiratory infections
  • Vomiting
  • Sprains, strains, and fractures
  • Urinary and kidney tract infections

Visit the Emergency Department for:

  • Altered mental states
  • Coughing up blood
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Poison ingestion
  • Seizures
  • Serious or severe injuries, burns or shocks
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe fracture or broken bone
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Unconsciousness

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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