When your child is hurting, you just want to make them feel better. Knowing what level of care your child needs can help you get them the treatment they need quickly and save you unnecessary medical expenses. If you are in doubt about the level of care your child needs, choosing a pediatric-ready ER is the safest choice for your child.

What is the difference between an urgent care center and an ER?

In general, urgent care facilities are equipped to deal with the everyday illnesses and injuries your pediatrician or family doctor would treat. These same-day facilities have a team of registered nurses who can treat your child quickly and effectively if your pediatrician’s office is closed. Pediatric-ready ERs are equipped to handle more serious conditions like broken bones or asthma attacks.

When do I take my child to the closest emergency room?

Urgent care facilities are not always equipped to handle more serious illnesses or injuries, so if you believe something is seriously wrong, you are better off going to the closest pediatric-ready ER. When your child suffers an injury or a medical emergency, you want him or her to receive the best care as quickly as possible. Pediatric-ready emergency rooms are staffed by board-certified pediatricians and nurses who are experts at quickly diagnosing and treating children.

What do pediatric-ready emergency rooms treat?

  • Head injuries
  • Serious cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Serious burns
  • Pneumonia
  • Animal bites
  • Allergic reactions
  • Swallowing foreign objects

When do I take my child to urgent care?

Urgent care centers treat:

  • Sore throat
  • Flu symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections

Urgent care in North Texas

View Medical City Children's Hospital Urgent Care locationsMedical City Children's Hospital has urgent care clinics in locations from Frisco to Flower Mound. Find the location nearest your home, along with hours and online registration at medicalcityurgentcare.com.

Additionally, CareNow, a family urgent care medical clinic, is a partner of Medical City Children’s Hospital. These urgent care centers are conveniently located throughout northern Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano to provide your entire family with quality care for everyday ailments. If you need pediatric urgent care for your child, consider one of their locations for fast treatment.

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