Mom Blog: Urgent Care or the ER?

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. All opinions are my own.

Being a new mom can be a whammy at times! I had SO much to learn, and I'm told that learning curve never ends. One big event happened early on in Kip's life that really had me panicking ... he was sick and miserable, the pediatrician was closed, and I didn't know where to take him. I knew it wasn't an emergency, but I also knew he needed help and relief that night. A mom at daycare told me about Nationwide Children's Hospital Urgent Care. We headed to the Dublin location and received excellent care tailored specifically to the needs of children. Kip was prescribed an antibiotic for a double ear infection that night, which quickly had him feeling better. PHEW. This experience got me to thinking, do parents know when to take their little one to an Urgent Care vs. an ER?

(Isn't this the most heartbreaking photo you've ever seen?!)

Go to the emergency room for the following conditions:

  • Allergic reactions (anaphylactic shock)
  • Asthma/difficulty breathing/respiratory distress
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Dehydration
  • Fever (especially in babies eight weeks or younger)
  • Seizure
  • Severe pain

This is when you should go immediately to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Main Campus Emergency Department and the Lewis Center Emergency Department.

Go to an urgent care center for the following conditions:

  • Allergic reactions (rash)
  • Asthma/difficulty breathing
  • Small broken bones
  • Minor/small burns
  • Minor/small cuts
  • Fever
  • Rashes
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting and diarrhea 

There are so many convenient Nationwide Children’s Hospital Urgent Care Locations: 

Marysville Close To Home Center with Urgent Care, 100 Colemans Crossing Blvd.

Westerville Close to Home Center with Urgent Care, 433 North Cleveland Avenue

Dublin Close To Home Center on Hospital Dr. with Urgent Care, 7450 Hospital Drive

Downtown Urgent Care, 700 Children's Drive

Canal Winchester Close To Home Center with Urgent Care, 7901 Diley Road

East Columbus Close To Home Center with Urgent Care, 6435 East Broad St.

Hilliard Close To Home Center with Urgent Care, 4363 All Seasons Drive

What a wake-up call! I've been a dog mom for ages and know exactly where to go if Rosie has an emergency, but I didn't know where to take Kip. #MOMFAIL. I have so much peace of mind knowing the Nationwide Children's Urgent Care locations.

It's never a good day when we need to go to a Nationwide Children's Urgent Care, but I'm so grateful we have this resource in Central Ohio. Little bodies need specialized care, and we're so lucky to have these top-rated facilities in our backyard. Kip agrees!

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