ER or Urgent Care: Know Where to Go

ER vs Urgent Care
A sick or injured child is stressful and unnerving. Know where to take your child ahead of time so that when an emergency occurs, you can focus on your child and waste time deliberating on whether you should go to the ER or Urgent Care.

Faced with a medical crisis is tough enough. Not knowing where to take your child when it happens — ER or Urgent Care — just adds to the already stressful situation.

Knowing where to go is important so your child receives the most appropriate and quickest treatment if they are injured or seriously ill. So how do you know?

ER or Urgent Care? 

If you have a true emergency, go straight to the ER or call 911. Other reasons?

    • Allergic reactions
    • Asthma or severe shortage of breath
    • Fever (infants less than two months old)
    • Choking or poisoning
    • Coughing up or vomiting blood
    • Fainting, confusion or seizures
    • Fractures or broken bones
    • Head injuries
    • Severe bleeding

If you determine your child’s condition isn’t life-threatening but needs to be taken care of right away, Urgent Care is best choice.  

  • Flu and cold
  • Coughs and sore throat
  • Fevers
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
  • Cuts and severe scrapes
  • Minor injuries and burns

Located at Renown Regional Medical Center, 1155 Mill Street, Renown Children’s Hospital’s Children’s ER is the only dedicated ER for children in northern Nevada. Learn more about the Children’s ER, or find the Renown Urgent Care location closest you.