It happens... a weekend fall from the backyard tree house, an evening gash on the forehead or a middle-of-the night fever.
As a parent, you're looked upon to make important health care decisions on behalf of your child. When they become sick or injured, you've got to quickly decide where to take them - urgent care or the emergency room?
Families that have a doctor for their children can always call the physician's office for guidance about the best place for treatment. However, as many parents can attest, illnesses and injuries often occur after hours, on weekends and during holidays.
Edward Walton, M.D., director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Beaumont Children's Hospital, recommends parents go to a hospital emergency center staffed by pediatric-trained physicians if a child is experiencing any of the following:
If your child's symptoms are not as severe and don't require a trip to the emergency center, parents can visit an after-hours pediatric clinic like those offered at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and Beaumont Hospital, Troy. An after-hours clinic (also called "urgent care") is a good option if your doctor's office is closed and your child has:
Learn more about Beaumont's pediatric urgent care after-hours clinics, including locations, hours and more.
In an emergency, call 911. For less urgent concerns, contact your primary care physician. For an appointment with a Beaumont Children's Hospital physician, call 800-633-7377.
When your child becomes sick or injured, you've got to decide where to take them - urgent care or emergency room?
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