Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Many times, your child does not get sick during “regular office hours.” Inevitably, it is after 5 PM, when your pediatrician’s office is closed. As a parent, it is often hard to figure out, can this wait until tomorrow morning when your doctor’s office reopens? And if not, does your infant or child need to be seen in an urgent care or emergency room?

Bumps n’ Bruises would like to provide you with information that may help you determine this.

Life-threatening emergencies should be handled in an Emergency Room and calling 911 is the best way to get to that emergency room. Breathing difficulties like asthma or wheezing attacks or allergic reactions are common emergencies in babies and children; A child in respiratory distress would not be able to count to ten in one breath or when a baby is not able to feed or nurse because they are breathing too hard. Other emergencies would be severe trauma, including head or neck injuries, broken bones sticking out of the skin, uncontrollable bleeding, seizure or lethargy (decreased level of consciousness, that your child seems very confused or “out of it” or unable to wake up).

If your infant or child has an illness or injury that is not life-threatening, but needs attention when your pediatrician’s office is closed, Bumps n’ Bruises Pediatric Urgent Care is the best place to go. As an after hours pediatrics center, Bumps n’ Bruises is like going to your pediatrician’s office with some additional services – like the ability to perform x-rays to rule out broken bones, places stitches for deep cuts and giving your infant or child IV fluids for dehydration. EKG’s can be performed as well to rule out some heart problems. Common pediatric illnesses like earaches, runny nose, cough, fever, vomiting/diarrhea, rash, sore throat, influenza, allergies, headaches, and mild asthma/wheezing attacks are easily and quickly treated at Bumps n’ Bruises. Our state-of-the-art in-house lab is able to obtain routine blood labs, urine studies, throat and nasal swabs for strep, flu, mono and RSV. Bumps n’ Bruises Pediatric Urgent Care is staffed with pediatricians and pediatric trained nurse practitioners to provide specialized care to your infant or child but is not staffed or equipped for life-threatening emergencies.

If you are not certain if your child’s illness can wait until tomorrow, the best person to call is your primary care doctor or pediatrician. Your doctor will help you decide the most appropriate level of care. Bumps n’ Bruises would like to strongly remind parents, if you feel like you don’t have time to wait for a call back from your physician, you should call 911 to bring your child to an emergency room.