Emergency room or urgent care?

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Emergency room or urgent care? 
When you're looking at a sick baby, it's not always clear whether their sickness is serious or not. She is new to the world, and you love her so much, and it's hard to know what's normal. It's one thing to decide between calling the doctor and waiting it out, but when things are clearly more serious, deciding between urgent care and the emergency room is a different beast altogether.

Emergency room

The emergency room exists to provide treatment for serious, life-threatening medical problems. If you have an emergency, you shouldn't hesitate to take action. 

There are two paths that can take you to the emergency room. You can get yourself there, or emergency services can meet you and take you there. For the following severe symptoms, you should call 911 or your local emergency service line to meet you for immediate treatment:
If your child has serious symptoms but you don't believe requires emergency services to meet you at your location, you can transport yourself and your little one to receive treatment at the emergency room. Symptoms that fall into this category include:  

Urgent care 

Despite the name, urgent care isn't always the fastest way to see a doctor. If your baby is sick, but not seriously sick, urgent care is a good option for seeking treatment. Some examples of symptoms that might lead you to urgent care include:
You know your child best, and if you feel as though a situation is an emergency, take her to the emergency room. If you're not sure what to do, you can always call your healthcare provider, your hospital, a nurse hotline, or an emergency service.


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