Visiting Cincinnati Children's

  • Urgent Care Center and Emergency Department … What is the Difference?

    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.

    Examples of conditions treated at our urgent care centers include:

    • Allergic reactions
    • Asthma (mild to moderate wheezing)
    • Broken bones
    • Burns (minor)
    • Cuts (minor)
    • Dehydration 
    • Diarrhea
    • Ear aches and infections
    • Fever (except infants less than 8 weeks of age; they should be taken directly to the emergency department at our main campus.)
    • Rashes and bumps
    • Sprains
    • Sore throats
    • Vomiting

    These problems cannot be adequately addressed at urgent care:

    • Migraine headaches
    • Head injuries involving loss of consciousness
    • Suspected child abuse
    • Reproductive problems (for example, suspected pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases)

    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.

    If you live in the northern Cincinnati suburbs, you also have the option of taking your child directly to the Emergency Department at our Liberty Campus. Consult your child's primary care physician to determine which option would be best for your situation.