Seattle Children’s has posted information on our website and created handouts in English, Spanish and Arabic to help families and their providers know when Urgent Care or the Emergency Department is the best choice for a child in need of medical attention. Please help us share this information so children receive they care they need when they need it.


Urgent Care vs. Emergency

Allergies Urgent Care
Asthma attack (minor) Urgent Care
Asthma attack (severe) Emergency
Bleeding that won’t stop Emergency
Broken bone (not bent) Urgent Care
Broken bone (bent, curved or looks deformed) Emergency
Bronchiolitis Urgent Care
Burn (minor) Urgent Care
Burn (severe) Emergency
Cast problem (soiled or wet) Emergency
Cold Urgent Care
Cough Urgent Care
Cut (minor) Urgent Care
Cut (severe) Emergency
Dehydration Urgent Care
Diarrhea Urgent Care
Dizziness Urgent Care
Earache and ear infection Urgent Care
Fainting Emergency
Fever (infants less than 2 months old) Emergency
Fever (children over 2 months old) Urgent Care
Headache Urgent Care
Headache, migraine Emergency
Head injury (minor and without loss of consciousness) Urgent Care
Head injury (with loss of consciousness or from extreme impact) Emergency
Insect or minor dog bite Urgent Care
Mental health concerns Emergency
Nausea Urgent Care
Pink eye Urgent Care
Pneumonia Emergency
Poisoning Emergency
Rash Urgent Care
Seizure Emergency
Sore throat Urgent Care
Sprain or strain Urgent Care
Stitches (minor stitches without sedation) Urgent Care
Stitches (deep wound or needing sedation) Emergency
Stomach pain (mild) Urgent Care
Stomach pain (severe) Emergency
Swallowed object Emergency
Trouble breathing Emergency
Ultrasound, CT scan or MRI studies Emergency
Urinary infection Urgent Care