Visiting Cincinnati Children's

  • Urgent Care or Emergency Care?

    Our urgent care centers complement your child's doctor by offering care when the doctor's office typically is closed. They also offer some services that usually are not available in a doctor's office, such as X-ray and wound management.

    Children with serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses should be taken immediately to the Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children's Main Campus (Emergency Department entrance is on Erkenbrecher Avenue) or to the Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children's Liberty Campus.

    If you bring your child to one of our urgent care centers and our physician feels your child needs to go to the Emergency Department, a transport team will be called so medically trained professionals can accompany you and your child to our main hospital. The Emergency Department at our Main Campus treats life-threatening conditions, severely broken bones or major illnesses that may lead to surgery or hospitalization.

    Where Should I Go?

    Condition / Injury / Illness  

    Urgent Care

    Emergency Care

    Allergies

    X

    Asthma Attack (Minor)

    X

    Asthma Attack (Severe)

    X

    Bleeding That Won’t Stop

    X

    Broken Bone (Skin Intact)

    X

    Broken Bone (Bone Sticking Out of Skin)

    X

    Burn (Minor)

    X

    Burn (Severe)

    X

    Cast Problems (Wet or Soiled)

    X

    Colds

    X

    Cough

    X

    Cut (Minor)

    X

    Cut (Severe)

    X

    Dehydration

    X

    Diarrhea

    X

    Dizziness

    X

    Earache and Ear Infection

    X

    Fainting

    X

    Fever (child over 2 months old)

    X

    Fever (child under 2 months old)

    X

    Headache

    X

    Headache (Migraine)

    X

    Head Injury (Minor & Without Loss of Consciousness)

    X

    Head Injury (Severe)

    X

    Insect or Minor Dog Bite

    X

    Nausea

    X

    Pink Eye

    X

    Pneumonia

    X

    Poisoning

    X

    Rash

    X

    Seizure

    X

    Shock

    X

    Sore Throat

    X

    Sprain or Strain

    X

    Stitches

    X

    Stomach Pain (Mild)

    X

    Stomach Pain (Severe)

    X

    Swallowed Object

    X

    Trouble Breathing

    X

    Urinary Infection

    X

    Our urgent care centers are not 24-hour facilities. If you are unable to get to an urgent care center before we close, please take your child to the Emergency Department at either Cincinnati Children's Main Campus or Cincinnati Children's Liberty Campus.

    The Emergency Department can be reached any time by calling 513-636-4293.