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Should I Take My Child to the Emergency Center or Urgent Care? | Ask a Beaumont Doctor

by James Ziadeh, M.D., chief of emergency services at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak; Pediatric Emergency Center

Ask A Beaumont Doctor ZiadehEvery parent faces this dilemma at some point: When your child becomes sick or injured, whether it’s a weekend fall on the playground or a fever spiking in the early morning hours, you have a quick decision to make. Should you head straight to a hospital emergency center or an urgent care clinic?

After-hours clinic (often called “urgent care”) are a good option if your pediatrician’s office is closed and your child has a fever, flu-like symptoms, mild injuries like a non-displaced fracture or a cut, or an earache, cough, cold, sore throat or skin irritation.

For anything more serious, you should get to a hospital emergency center staffed by pediatric-trained physicians as soon as possible.

Injuries and illnesses worthy of a trip to the emergency center include:

  • wheezing or shortness of breath
  • severe lacerations that might require sedation to close
  • displaced fractures
  • fainting, dizziness, weakness
  • bleeding that can’t be stopped
  • abdominal pain
  • fever with convulsions or any fever in children under three months
  • confusion or changes in mental status
  • coughing or vomiting blood
  • severe headache, head injuries
  • blood in the urine, or bloody diarrhea

Children receive excellent emergency care in a child-friendly environment at Beaumont’s emergency centers. The Beaumont Pediatric Emergency Center in Royal Oak offers board-certified pediatric emergency physicians and pediatric nurses on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services are also supported by specialists in nearly every pediatric and surgical specialty.

Our pediatric emergency physicians work closely with their colleagues at Beaumont Hospital, Troy and Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe to ensure your family has access to our expertise no matter which Beaumont emergency center you visit.

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  1. Charlene Tylen
    Jan 20, 2014 - 10:25 AM

    This is the type of message the public needs to see and understand.

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  2. Robert Richards
    Oct 15, 2014 - 03:02 AM

    It depends on the emergency and the service you are looking for. Useful Article and good information.

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